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Designing A Flexible Datacenter That Will Meet Your Current And Future Needs...

At the virtual heart of it all 6SigmaRoom, as the name suggests, enables room designers and facility managers - facing the challenges of ever-increasing power densities - to rapidly design a new facility or review an existing facility for trouble shooting, improving efficiency or design upgrade.

Model variants can be created to reflect different conceptual designs or configurations. By default, new models are created with raised floors but this can be easily changed to include drop ceilings with or without raised floors, and internal or external cooling, plus many more variations.

A 6SigmaRoom model becomes your 3D Virtual Facility (VF) which can be used to understand the placement of not only the cooling and IT equipment within the architectural design but also power systems, cables, pipes, bunds, etc, and their interaction. This in turn makes it easy to evaluate the likely thermal performance of different conceptual designs and layouts for any new facility or upgrade.

Whatever the reason for initial creation of the VF it provides a basis for on-going management in 6SigmaFM so that you can not only design but also manage the facility and its configuration with confidence.

'HP has chosen 6SigmaDC because of its speed in solving data center simulations. The best practice is to model your layout, so you can plan for the flexibility needed to handle the increasing IT demands of the corporation for the next 10 to 15 years." "6SigmaDC provides exactly the level of confidence demanded by today’s info centric businesses. '

          Paul Perez, VP, Hewlett-Packard

  • Overview
  • Features
  • Resources

    Easy to use GUI

     Full ability to create and change architectural      geometry,   cooling / ventilation, power and IT      configurations:

           ▪ No limit on size
           ▪ No limit on Cooling Scheme
           ▪ No limit on IT configuration

       ... just your imagination.

    Extensive Equipment Libraries

     No need to spend time building objects. Just drag
     and drop from the detailed cooling and IT component      libraries.
If the library item does not exist, simply
     request through our library creation service.

Accurate Internal Cabinet Analysis

No guess work here. The ability to model right down to the gaps between the mounting frame and the cabinet walls will ensure you know whether it iscabinet configuration or room design that is causing the issue.

  Information at your fingertips

  Use what you already have:

           ▪ csv / stl / dwg (2D & 3D) import from architectural               / asset / and monitoring tools
           ▪ 3rd Party DCIM integration
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 get what you need fast:

           ▪ Html / PPT Report generation
           ▪ Png Image / dwg (2D & 3D) export
           ▪ WMV, Animated GIF movie export

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Building the Model

 Easy-to-use GUI giving full ability to create and change architectural geometry, cooling/ventilation,      power and IT configurations.

  CAD import generating outlines for geometry creation.  read more

  Equipment data import from an existing inventory via neutral file format.

 Different cooling systems easily represented to allow for internal and external cooling units, raised     and non-raised floor systems, duct distribution systems etc;

  Intelligent modelling objects for easy representation of typical data center parts such as:

    - IT equipment;
    - Cooling units with different cooling media and fan types;
    - Power system components such as PDU, UPS, transformer…;
    - Air terminals such as floor grilles, square / rectangular diffusers, swirl diffusers etc.

 Extensive libraries of IT equipment, cabinets, cooling units, etc.

 Powerful controller and sensor models to represent variable volume and variable temperature     control systems.

 Drag-&-drop items of equipment from the library for model creation and update.

 View the complete datacenter inventory.

Making the Most of It

 Extend the model building tool to include cooling, power, network and weight with plug-in modules:

    6SigmaCooling - Use the VF with 6SigmaDC CFD Solver to predict the ventilation / cooling     performance of your data center and the consequent thermal environment     for equipment,     accounting for the full architectural geometry and obstructions (E.g. columns, beams, floor     jacks/pedestals, cooling pipes, power & data cables, junction boxes), IT and infrastructure     configurations;

    6SigmaPower - Include the full power connectivity for your datacenter equipment right from     
     incoming utility supply to the equipment itself. Manage and view connectivity and check what’s          
     at risk in failure scenarios; read more

    6SigmaNetwork – Include the network connectivity for capacity management with automatic
    cable routing and a fuller understanding of physical (in 3d)  and logical connectivity; read more

    6SigmaWeight - Assess whether any given layout or equipment addition will breach raised      
     floor load limitations.
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 Quick views of:

    - IT equipment at risk;
    - Cooling load-distribution;
    - Cooling flow distribution and specifically grille flows;
    - Power distribution:
      - On the power system;
      - Within the facility in the IT cabinets;
    - The overall thermal environment.

Pushing the Boundaries

  Detailed modelling of Air Cooling Units, Chillers etc possible. 
  Other environmental aspects covered such as solar gain, thermal comfort, humidity and      contamination control.

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ACE Assessment Service Announcement
Release 8 Now Available!
451 Research delivers it's thoughts on Predictive DCIM
Fujitsu PRIMERGY Servers Added to 6SigmaDC Library
Release 7.1 Now Available!
RTKL Associates Select 6SigmaRoomLite
Virtual Facility Integration with Intel Thermal Data Feeds for Improved Control of Data Centre Cooling
Release 7 Now Available!
Future Facilities Named "Cool Vendor" in the DCIM Space by Leading Industry Analyst Firm


Webinar - Introducing 6SigmaDCX, 10th December
DCD Riyadh, 8th Dec
DCD Istanbul, 4th Dec
DCD London, 19-20 Nov
Webinar - What Does the Software Defined Data Center Mean for the Physical Data Center? 12 Nov
DCD Frankfurt, 10 November
AFCOM Symposium Denver, 5 November
Data Center World, Orlando FL, 19-22 October
DCD Amsterdam, 15 October
The Green Grid Forum, San Francisco 7-8 October
DCD Chicago, 1st October
Critical Facilities Summit, Charlotte NC, 29 September - 1 October
Webinar - Battle of the Brothers: 6SigmaRoom vs 6SigmaRoomLite, 8 July
ASHRAE Annual Conference, Seattle, 28 June - 1 July
Webinar - ACE: A new approach to scoring data center performance, 25 June
DCD San Francisco, 17 June
DCE Monaco, 27-29 May
IEEE ITHERM Conference Orlando, 27-30 May
Uptime Institute Symposium, Santa Clara 20-22 May
DataCenterDynamics Conference and Expo, Dubai 5 May 2014
Data Center World, Las Vegas 28 April - 2 May 2014
DataCenterDynamics Conference and Expo, New York 11 March 2014
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
Webinar - What is your CFD model telling You?, 19 Feb
Technology Convergence, Santa Clara, 18 Feb
ASHRAE 2014 Winter Conference, New York, 18-22 January

White Papers / Case Studies

White Paper - ACE: Empowering the Data Center Operator
White Paper - What is a Valid Data Center Model?
White Paper - Five Reasons your Data Center's Availability, Capacity and Efficiency are being Compromised
White Paper - From Compromised to Optimized: An ACE Performance Assessment Case Study
White Paper: At the End of the Day - It's Lost Capacity
White Paper: Thinking Outside the Box
White Paper: Optimization in the Virtual Data Center
White Paper: Billion Dollar Drain
White Paper: Predicitive DCIM
White Paper: The Elephant in the Room is Lost Capacity
FFL Experts answer the big question: "Is CFD a must?" Read the white paper now!
Presentation - Stulz & 6SigmaDC user Panduit present the benefits of CFD simulation!
Seminar Presentations from the 6SigmaDC Conference 2011 including Intel, Colt, Facebook, 451 Group, and DLB Associates
Presentation: Data Centre Modularity & the Virtual Facility (inc. Colt case study)
Presentation: Proactive Airflow Management (as given at DCE 2011)
Case Study - Hungarian Telekom uses 6SigmaDC to improve data centre design and operations
The Benefits of Supply Air Temperature Control in the Datacenter.
White Paper: Using Simulation to Improve Data Center Efficiency
BNP Paribas - How Do You Achieve Your Datacenter Design Capacity?
Case Study: Simulation Tool Provides Insight into Performance Improvement of Cold Aisle Containment System.
Cisco - Energy Efficiency Case Study
Dell - Energy Efficiency Case Study
Cooling Path Design; a simulation-based methodology designed to maximize IT equipment resilience and cooling energy efficiency.
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
DLB Associates Presentation: "Achieving Energy Efficient Data Centers..." - as given at 2011 6SigmaDC Conference
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


CFD Simulation - The Future of DCIM and DC Health

Media / Demos

Inside Business Report goes inside the Virtual Facility
Dr Jonathan Koomey speaks about predictive data center analysis

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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