Data Center Simulation Case Study: CFD Software Supports New DCMS

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“A sovereign, eco-responsible data center offering the best level of security and availability at a competitive price.” – Eric Arbaretaz, CTO and Founder, Thésée DataCenter  

Thésée DataCenter, a French colocation data center provider, truly embodies the above statement. In June 2021, the French colocation provider will offer a unique Data Center Management System (DCMS) to its customers.

With a specialty in mixed density, from legacy to cloud to hyper-converged to HPC computing, Thésée DataCenter will focus on providing high performance computing with minimal environmental impact and maximum energy efficiency. 

Thésée DataCenter is the first Tier IV Uptime-certified colocation data center in France and will eventually offer six data center buildings, each housing two identical data halls of 534 square meters commissioned in three phases of 1MW, 2MW and 3MW IT capacity build-out. 

To ensure the type of customer experience that Thésée DataCenter envisioned—namely a virtual, home-away-from-home, transparent one—Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), New Generation, Future Facilities and Watt Design partnered to provide an innovative colocation DCMS. This unique DCMS enables customers to see in real time exactly what is going on in their portion of the data center space through a web service portal.

HPE was contracted to lead the design, while the web service portal is powered by New Generation’s NUVEA Paas web service portal, fed with information from Future Facilities’ 6Sigma Digital Twin and the Building Management System (BMS). 

The more detailed case study of how this system operates, including a useful infographic, can be found here.

Modular and Green Design

Thésée DataCenter is built on a modular design masterminded by HPE with the ability to upscale quickly without disruption to meet customer demand, whilst maintaining efficiency in the meantime. Pascal Lecoq, Worldwide Practice Director, HPE, explains, “At the moment we have sufficient space but at a certain point we will meet the capacity limit of the land. Then, if we need to upgrade the capacity of the data center further, we can just come with a crane, extract the container of 500kW and replace it with a new 1MW container. It is planned like that, so that at the end of the day we can play with all these Lego blocks. We can take off a block and install another block that is higher capacity.” 

The modular design is complemented by the data center’s advanced cooling technology. The data center harnesses a three-level cooling solution using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to optimize energy performance. Using a combination of indirect air free cooling as the main cooling source, combined with an adiabatic system and alternative chilled water system as an ultimate source, the cooling system allows the colocation provider to cater to a range of densities whilst offering the ultimate in energy efficiency. This makes it a greener data center offering with lower energy costs which will be passed on to the end-customer.

A New DCMS Experience: Integrated and Transparent 

Thésée DataCenter provides an end-to-end integrated DCMS architecture designed by HPE, including solutions from Future Facilities, via French distributor WattDesign, and New Generation, with everything accessed via a single web portal. 

It will offer its end-customers access to detailed data center metrics on their space via this portal. This will include extensive reporting functionality and real-time performance dashboards, as well as access to BMS event and alarm monitoring. This is powered by the New Generation Nuvea PaaS web service portal and fed with information from Future Facilities’ 6Sigma Digital Twin solution as well as the Building Management System (BMS).

Gilles Cieza, CEO of New Generation describes the process of building the DCMS: “We started out together with the observation that the DCIM solutions on the market only covered part of the challenges that data center operators were facing, and New Generation then had an integrated platform that allowed for the overall management of a data center by reconciling the DCIM and DCSO (Operations Optimization) components, which was a perfect match for the DCMS concept. The 6Sigma Digital Twin is an important component of the DCMS solution since it allows, through a very accurate model of the rooms, to manage equipment inventories, to plan and optimize the rooms, to simulate interventions by validating the feasibility a priori, etc.”

End-customers will have the ability to see a 3D model of their data center space and use Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation to inform their IT strategy and deployment on an ongoing day-to-day operational basis. This promotes transparency between the colocation provider and their customer, enabling a collaborative environment where both colocation provider and end-customer can maximize use of their data center space.

Innovation with the 6Sigma Digital Twin

Thésée DataCenter will maintain an accurate, up-to-date data center digital twin via the 6Sigma Digital Twin solution from Future Facilities to ensure power, cooling, weight and capacity management are optimized. This solution will be used to make informed decisions on IT deployment for both itself and its customers. 

Eric Arbaretaz, CTO and Co-Founder, Thésée DataCenter explains, “We will use the 6Sigma Digital Twin for each change, both in pre-sales and in capacity planning. The tool will enable us to analyze, model and test future scenarios for the evolution of the IT room to offer a risk-free environment for our customers, make maximum use of the site's capacity, anticipate changes to the air conditioning infrastructure, which is modular, and achieve our very ambitious energy performance objectives (PUE 1.2). This is why, in my opinion, the 6Sigma Digital Twin is an essential tool in the communication between the data center and its customers.”

Learn more about how the 6Sigma Digital Twin empowers colocation data centers to innovate here.

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Blog written by: David King, Product Manager

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