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The modern datacenter can often house hundreds of racks or cabinets containing thousands of servers, with changes often happening daily. Once installed equipment will often be required to be available 24/7 with little or no opportunity to power it down to change the configuration. Combine this with the ever-increasing power densities of the IT equipment, and it can represent an ever-present risk of thermal failure with very limited possibilities for remedial actions.

6SigmaFM enables the datacenter operator to test proposed configurations in order to predict outcomes, so minimising the risk of failure and indeed of getting into this difficult to manage scenario. In addition, a comprehensive change history – including environmental impact and performance – is stored so past decisions can be revisited to help refine the decision process and better predict the future.

Once your Virtual Facility (VF) is up and running, you can easily: drag-&-drop new equipment into every cabinet and fill it to capacity; add or change cabinets in the model; move floor grilles around; or model almost any other everyday operation you wish do in your datacenter.

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In-depth understanding

Gain a better perspective on your data center running your asset management operations within a 3D space.


All under one roof

Track the history and potential futures of IT and facility moves, adds, and changes including all 'what-if' scenario simulations allowing you to:

     - Predict the cost and reliability impact of changes
       before implementation.
     - Trend for key performance metrics such as PUE,
        DCiE, and IT inlet temepratures
     - Optimize your capacity planning process

Run stand-alone or integrate with existing DCIM tools

6SigmaFM can help whether you have a DCIM tool in place or not. It's open structure allows for the importing and exporting of data to and from other 3rd party packages so you only have to update in one place.

(see 3rd party integration page for more information)

Up to the minute information

Just like the asset management integration, 6SigmaFM works with Real-Time Monitoring Systems to provide the current status of your data center.

(see 3rd party integration page for more information)

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Principal Uses

 IT Demand Management

     - Consider Installs, Moves, Uninstalls… to IT equipment considering space, power, cooling, network
        and weight in choosing locations.
     - Synchronize the virtual facility with other management tools by, for example, importing changes from
        asset management tools, and use simulation to assess plans before deployment.

  Capacity Management

     - Use thermal simulations to reset cooling limits on cabinets as IT layout deviates from original
        design loads.
     - Export updated cooling limits back to IT asset management tools. o Modify layout of data-hall. o Add
        or remove rows of racks and floor-tiles.

 Design Upgrade

     - Test effectiveness of proposed changes such as hot- or cold- aisle containment or cabinet-level
        cooling before deployment.
     - Test impact of new cable routes on airflow management before deployment.
     - Consider changes to cooling strategies.
     - Assess effects of different control strategies such as group control, control-on-supply or pressure
     - Test performance of a new ACU design such as EC fans in the floor void or variable-speed drives.

  Trouble shooting

     - Diagnose the cause of overheating equipment.
     - Test potential fixes before deployment.

 Facility Management

     - Assess the impact of taking an ACU down for maintenance or simulate an ACU failure scenario.
     - Identifying potential energy savings – for example, identify bypass air and ACU short-circuiting plus
        test potential fixes before deployment.
     - Periodically assess whether the facility is being overcooled and reconsider energy efficiency
        measures that could be adopted.
     - Test whether cooling set-points can be turned up to make cooling system more efficient without
        compromising resilience.

Integrating Products

6SigmaFM integrates with other parts of the 6SigmaDCsuite to enable the simulation and assessment of various aspects of the facility before any changes are implemented:                                      

  6SigmaCooling – 6SigmaDC CFD solver for prediction of thermal conditions and airflow paths;
  6SigmaRack – pre-test IT layout inside a cabinet;
  6SigmaPower – power configuration and SPOF analysis;

  6SigmaWeight – check loading on the raised floor;
  6SigmaRoom – major design changes to the infrastructure of the facility;

  6SigmaITM – (primarily for IT managers) view rooms being managed by 6SigmaFM to enable effective
     separation of tasks and responsibilities and raise Change Requests (CRs) in order to service them.
     Typical CR actions include:

     - Adding and removing items from the Store Room;
     - Installing, decommissioning or moving, equipment around a facility;
     - Changing one item for another;
     - General maintenance.

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Predictive DCIM Focussed Literature

Inside Business Report goes inside the Virtual Facility
DataCentre Transformation Conference, Leeds - 9 July 2013
Webinar - Predictive DCIM - 25 July 2013
CFD Simulation - The Future of DCIM and DC Health
White Paper: The Elephant in the Room is Lost Capacity
Reclaim Lost Capacity In Your Data Center (Processor Magazine)
Predictive DCIM (DCD FOCUS Magazine)
White Paper: Predicitive DCIM
Webinar - Predictive DCIM - 31 Jan 2013
Webinar - Predictive DCIM - 28 Feb 2013
DCIM Academy Webinar - Reclaim Lost Capacity in your Data Center - 30 Jan 2013
Release 7.1 Now Available!
A Forgotten Data Center Cost: Lost Capacity
Fujitsu PRIMERGY Servers Added to 6SigmaDC Library
White Paper - ACE: Empowering the Data Center Operator
White Paper: Billion Dollar Drain
Webinar - Predictive DCIM - 23 May 2013
Webinar - Predictive DCIM - 27 June 2013
White Paper: Optimization in the Virtual Data Center
Data Center World, Las Vegas, 28 April - 2 May 2013
Uptime Institute Symposium 2013, 13-16 May
DataCenterDynamics Conference and Expo, Washington DC 2 May 2013
DataCentresEurope, Nice 28-29 May
Progressive Data Center Summit, 29-31 May
451 Research delivers it's thoughts on Predictive DCIM
Webinar - Predictive DCIM - 29 August 2013
Webinar - Predictive DCIM - 26 September 2013
Seminars: The Data Center Capacity Challenge - Fremont / El Segundo, CA
Dr Jonathan Koomey speaks about predictive data center analysis
6SigmaDC Training Class - 24 to 26 September
Data Center World - 29 Sept to 2nd Oct 2013
Critical Facilities Summit, 21-23 October
DataCenterDynamics Conference and Expo, Phoenix 29 October
DataCentres Ireland, Dublin, 5-6 November
Why PUE is Not Enough!
Release 8 Now Available!
AFCOM Chapter Meeting, 12 November
Webinar - Predictive DCIM in Action, 12 Dec
DCD Conference & Expo London, 20-21 November
Webinar - Best Practices Gone Wrong: Part 5, 10 Dec
White Paper: At the End of the Day - It's Lost Capacity
DCD Conference & Expo Istanbul, 5 December
DCD Conference & Expo Riyadh, 10 December
ACE Assessment Service Announcement
Future Facilities and No Limits Software Announce Integration
ASHRAE 2014 Winter Conference, New York, 18-22 January
Technology Convergence, Santa Clara, 18 Feb
Webinar - Continuous Modeling for DCIM, 20 Feb
Webinar - Why an energy-efficient data center may not be the most profitable data center, 4 March
Data Centre World, London, 26-27 Feb
Green Data Center Conference, San Diego, 25-27 Feb
Future Facilities Announce Partnership with FNT to Optimize Asset Utilisation in High-Traffic Data Centers
DataCenterDynamics Conference and Expo, New York 11 March 2014
White Paper - From Compromised to Optimized: An ACE Performance Assessment Case Study
White Paper - Five Reasons your Data Center's Availability, Capacity and Efficiency are being Compromised
White Paper - What is a Valid Data Center Model?
DataCenterDynamics Conference and Expo, Dubai 5 May 2014
Data Center World, Las Vegas 28 April - 2 May 2014
Uptime Institute Symposium, Santa Clara 20-22 May
Data Centre World, London, 11-12 March
DCD New York, 17-18 March
Webinar - Three Blind Spots in Data Center Monitoring, 25 March
Article - CFD Modeling Can Help Maximize Data Center Capacity
DCE Monaco, 27-29 May
IEEE ITHERM Conference Orlando, 27-30 May
DCD San Francisco, 17 June
Webinar - Battle of the Brothers: 6SigmaRoom vs 6SigmaRoomLite, 8 July
ASHRAE Annual Conference, Seattle, 28 June - 1 July
Best Practices alone aren't enough to reduce risk and costs in Data Center Operations, 5 February
Datacentre Transformation Conference, Manchester - 8 July
Future Facilities Becomes a Contributor Member of The Green Grid
Webinar - How to save energy and money with CFD in a data center, 31 July
Webinar - Introducing 6SigmaDCX, 10th December
ASHRAE 2015 Winter Conference, Chicago, 24-28 January
Critical Facilities Summit, Charlotte NC, 29 September - 1 October
DCD Chicago, 1st October
The Green Grid Forum, San Francisco 7-8 October
DCD Amsterdam, 15 October
Data Center World, Orlando FL, 19-22 October
Future Facilities Partners with DCIM Solutions
DCD Frankfurt, 10 November
AFCOM Symposium Denver, 5 November
Webinar - What Does the Software Defined Data Center Mean for the Physical Data Center? 12 Nov
DCD London, 19-20 Nov
DCD Istanbul, 4th Dec
DCD Riyadh, 8th Dec
DCD Madrid, 9 April
Data Center World, Las Vegas, 19-23 April
DataCentres North, Manchester UK, 11-12 May
Uptime Institute Symposium, Santa Clara, 19-21 May
Data Center and Computing Conference, NY, June 15-16
DataCentres North, Manchester UK, 10-11 February
ASHRAE 2016 Winter Conference, Orlando, 23-27 January
InterPACK 2015, San Francisco, 6-9 July
DataCentre Transformation Manchester, 14 July
DCD Bangalore, 15-16 July
DCD San Francisco, 30-31 July
Article - Integrated System Testing
DCD Singapore, 15-16 September
AFCOM Data Center World, National Harbor, 20-23 Sept
Critical Facilities Summit, Charlotte NC, 5-7 October
DCD Chicago, 27-28 October
DCW Frankfurt, 10-11 November
Future Facilities Shortlisted for two European Data Center Industry Awards
DCD London, 18-19 Nov
DCD Istanbul, 8 Dec

Additional White Papers

Colt Presentation: "6SigmaDC: The Only Way..." - as given at 2011 6SigmaDC Conference
Integral Group Presentation: "Direct Liquid Cooling of OpenCompute Project Reference Design..." - as given at 2011 6SigmaDC Conference
Intel Presentation: "New Standard for Data Center Thermal Sensors, Efficiency & Cooling Control" - as given at 2011 6SigmaDC Conference
Future Facilities Presentation: "Welcome to the Model Data Center" - as given at 2011 6SigmaDC Conference
Seminar Presentations from the 6SigmaDC Conference 2011 including Intel, Colt, Facebook, 451 Group, and DLB Associates
DLB Associates Presentation: "Achieving Energy Efficient Data Centers..." - as given at 2011 6SigmaDC Conference
Presentation - Stulz & 6SigmaDC user Panduit present the benefits of CFD simulation!
The 451 Group Presentation: "Data Center Infrastucture Management Software..." - as given at 2011 6SigmaDC Conference
Facebook Presentation: "The OpenCompute Project..." - as given at 2011 6SigmaDC Conference
FFL Experts answer the big question: "Is CFD a must?" Read the white paper now!
White Paper: Thinking Outside the Box

Additional Documents

Learn more about 6SigmaDC's integration with nlyte! Download the solution brief and presentation

Additional Media / Demos

Hardware Recommendations

6SigmaDC is a program suite that will require different levels of hardware resource depending on the size and complexity of the models it is used to create and run.
For the sake of basic training and other small models (< 500sqft), it will run on a standard laptop with 1GB RAM and integrated graphics.
Any other modelling use is likely to require more powerful hardware.
The license server component, which can be installed separately on a remote machine, requires very little resource and should run on any supported Windows PC.
Supported Operating Systems. 32 and 64bit: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003,Windows Server 2008, Windows HPC Server 2008.
Virtual machines are not recommended.

Example configurations for mid-range systems:
Laptop - Mobile Core i7, 4-8GB RAM, Discrete graphics, 500GB HDD
Desktop - Core i7 or Xeon UP, 12GB RAM, nVidia Quadro FX 580, 1TB HDD
Server - Xeon DP or MP, 32GB+ RAM, nVidia Quadro FX 1800, 1TB HDD



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