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


DataCentre Transformation Conference, Leeds - 9 July 2013
Webinar - Predictive DCIM - 25 July 2013
Nov 3rd - Free CFD Webinar from Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. - Sponsored by Future Facilities
Registration is open for 2011 6SigmaDC Conference & User Training!
Future Facilties at DataCentre Convergence 2011 - October 4!
Webinar - How to Kill Your Data Center: Ignore Airflow!! - 20th October 2011
FFL at Data Centre World Conference & Expo, Feb 29 - Mar 1 2012
Technology Convergence, Santa Clara, 2 Feb 2012
Future Facilities at Data Centres Central & Eastern Europe 2012, Prague, Feb 22-23
Webinar - Data Center Modeling MUST DOs! Tuesday 28th Feb, 8am & 11am PST
DataCenterDynamics Conference and Expo, Phoenix 24 April 2012
Interop, Tokyo 12 - 15 June
Webinar - Release 7 - 14 June
DataCenterDynamics Conference and Expo, NY 13 March 2012
SEMI-THERM 28, San Jose, 18-22 March 2012
Webinar - Introduction to 6SigmaRoom - 22 May
Webinar - Can You Afford Lost Capacity? - 5 June
We'll be there... will you? Uptime Symposium 14 - 17 May
Webinar - Data Center Modeling MUST DOs! - 19 June
Webinar - CFD Modeling of Efficiency Solutions - 26 June
6SigmaDC Training Class - 27 to 29 June
ASHRAE 2012 Annual Conference, San Antonio, 23-27 June
Webinar: CFD Modeling of Efficiency Solutions - 15 Aug
Seminar: The Data Centre Capacity Challenge: Can DCIM Help?
IDF 2012 11-13 September
6SigmaDC Server Challenge... The Results Are In!
DataCenterDynamics Conference and Expo, London 14-15 November 2012
Webinar - Data Center Modeling MUST DOs! - 28 Nov
Webinar - Can You Afford Lost Capacity? - 29 Nov
DataCenterDynamics Conference and Expo, Istanbul 4 December 2012
Server Design Summit 27-28 Nov
Webinar - Battle of the Brothers: 6SigmaRoom vs 6SigmaRoomLite! - 29 Jan 2013
Webinar - Where to Find HALF of Your Airflow Problems - 26 Feb 2013
DataCenterDynamics Conference and Expo, New York 13 March 2013
DCCEE Warsaw - 26 September 2013
Data Centre World, 27-28 February 2013
SEMI-THERM 29, San Jose 17-21 March 2013
DCIM Academy Webinar - Reclaim Lost Capacity in your Data Center - 30 Jan 2013
Webinar - Predictive DCIM - 23 May 2013
Webinar - Predictive DCIM - 27 June 2013
Webinar - BEWARE... When Cooling Pratices Fail!, Part 1 - 21 May
Webinar - BEWARE... When Cooling Pratices Fail!, Part 2 - 25 June
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
Webinar - Best Practices Gone Wrong, Part 3 - 23 July
Webinar - Best Practices Gone Wrong, Part 4 - 27 August
Seminars: The Data Center Capacity Challenge - Fremont / El Segundo, CA
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
6SigmaDC Release 8. 'You asked. We delivered'
Why PUE is Not Enough!
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
DCD Conference & Expo Istanbul, 5 December
DCD Conference & Expo Riyadh, 10 December
ASHRAE 2014 Winter Conference, New York, 18-22 January
Technology Convergence, Santa Clara, 18 Feb
Webinar - What is your CFD model telling You?, 19 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
DataCenterDynamics Conference and Expo, New York 11 March 2014
DataCenterDynamics Conference and Expo, Dubai 5 May 2014
Data Center World, Las Vegas 28 April - 2 May 2014

White Papers / Case Studies

White Paper: Using Simulation to Improve Data Center Efficiency
Case Study: Simulation Tool Provides Insight into Performance Improvement of Cold Aisle Containment System.
The Benefits of Supply Air Temperature Control in the Datacenter.
Cooling Path Design; a simulation-based methodology designed to maximize IT equipment resilience and cooling energy efficiency.
BNP Paribas - How Do You Achieve Your Datacenter Design Capacity?
Case Study - Hungarian Telekom uses 6SigmaDC to improve data centre design and operations
Cisco - Energy Efficiency Case Study
Dell - Energy Efficiency Case Study
Presentation: Proactive Airflow Management (as given at DCE 2011)
Presentation: Data Centre Modularity & the Virtual Facility (inc. Colt case study)
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: The Elephant in the Room is Lost Capacity
White Paper: Predicitive DCIM
White Paper: Billion Dollar Drain
White Paper: Optimization in the Virtual Data Center
White Paper: Thinking Outside the Box
White Paper: At the End of the Day - It's Lost Capacity
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


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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