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This paper, written for CxOs and senior managers in the data center owner-operator business, describes how Future Facilities’ ACE performance score and predictive modeling were used to save $10 million in one data center. It follows on from Five Reasons your Data Center’s Availability, Capacity and Efficiency are being Compromised and describes how Future Facilities achieved these savings in a three-stage process: assess, improve, maintain (AIM). The case study outlines the work conducted for a major financial institution. It involved assessing and improving a single 22,000ft2 Tier 4, mission critical data center.
The second paper introduces the concept of the ACE performance assessment service, a tiered consultancy service from Future Facilities that can be applied to both the design and operational phases of a data center’s lifecycle. This engineering service redresses the imbalance between the owner-operator’s aspirational goals and what their facility can achieve on a day-to-day basis.
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In the design and operational phases of data center management, there is a continuing need to meet business goals – from reducing costs to achieving optimal performance and operational flexibility.
How well a facility meets the performance demands of several stakeholder groups is ultimately decided by three intertwined variables: availability, physical
capacity and cooling efficiency (ACE).
In our previous paper, Five Reasons your Data Center’s Availability, Capacity and Efficiency are being Compromised, we established the main causes of low capacity utilization, increased downtime and cooling inefficiencies, and the impact they have on your costs. The solution, as our customers have learned, is to manage ACE sustainably.
Future Facilities’ ACE performance score – a way of assessing how compromised
your data center has become and how much operational flexibility it can offer you
– allows you to do exactly that. To demonstrate this, we’ve written this paper to
illustrate, through a real life example, how the score is today being used to meet
owner-operators’ aspirational goals.
Before reading on, it’s really important to understand ACE: decisions that you
make with regards to one aspect of ACE performance will impact upon the others.
Crucially, they may do so with potentially unforeseen consequences. So, if your
managers make a change to improve availability, they must be able to confidently
plan for the impact that will have on physical capacity and cooling efficiency.
Despite this, the vast majority of owner-operators currently rely on fairly simple
performance indicators such as PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness), which are
just not capable of considering the complex ACE relationship. By contrast, the
ACE performance score approaches the performance challenge holistically. It
quantifies, and allows you to visualize, your ACE performance gap: the difference
between the performance you’re paying for and the performance you’re actually
getting day to day.
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