The numbers are mind-boggling: According to the annual DCD Intelligence Industry Census, North American data centers will consume 13,250MW of power through 2016. Given that the average U.S. household uses electricity at a rate of about 1KW, the amount of juice consumed by data centers could power 13,250,000 homes.
The good news is that the growth in energy demand by data centers has slowed, from 19 percent between 2011 and 2012 to 6.8 percent from 2012 to 2013. Faced with increasing costs and the threat of power consumption taxes in certain states, data center owners and operators have taken steps to rein in their energy usage.
This has led organizations to look more closely at data center infrastructure management (DCIM). While the term may mean different things to different people, DCIM generally refers to the concept of managing the data center environment as a whole in order to reduce costs and increase efficiency.
DCIM was introduced as part of the green IT movement and the desire to control power and cooling costs. In fact, one Gartner analyst claims organizations can recoup their investments in DCIM tools within three years based upon power and cooling savings alone.
Today, DCIM has been expanded to include asset management, capacity management and data center monitoring. While various points products are available that handle some of these tasks, the goal of DCIM is to optimize data center cost and performance by centralizing management functions in one cohesive system.
DCIM enables IT to assess the existing data center infrastructure and predict how changes or additions will impact efficiency and performance. For example, a major concern today is capacity management. DCIM can present capacity-related data in dashboard form, model how the placement of additional equipment will appear and assess how that equipment will affect data center capacity.
DCIM tools are also capable of providing a virtual 3-D view of the data center, including room layouts, rack diagrams and cabling. And, of course, DCIM supports energy management with real-time and historical power and thermal data.
The right rack infrastructure plays a central role in the success of DCIM. Unless the data center racks are strong, functional, flexible and accessible, the data supplied by DCIM tools is of limited value. Adjusting the data center environment according to DCIM data will be time-consuming and difficult.
That’s why some of the world’s largest data centers rely upon DAMAC’s racks to support their DCIM systems. Our racks enable you to:
- Readily move individual components or fully populated racks to better manage power, space and cooling.
- Easily access equipment without unplugging power strips or disconnecting cables.
- Enhance the effectiveness of aisle containment and other thermal management systems.
- Minimize hot and cold air mixing within the cabinet.
- Increase cooling efficiency by ensuring that cabling and power distribution units (PDUs) do not block exhaust air from exiting the rear of the cabinet.
- Mount smart power strips, environmental monitors and other devices to collect DCIM data and reduce power consumption.
Today’s hyperscale data centers need DCIM metrics to ensure they are as efficient as possible. DAMAC racks provide the agility to act on those metrics and optimize the data center environment.