Learn how this financial enterprise overcame new high-density equipment requirements, reclaimed stranded capacity, and lengthened the life of their existing facilities.
The need for high-density equipment is becoming increasingly apparent for data centers that empower the split-second decisions many organizations have come to expect. This is particularly true in the financial enterprise market, where split-second transactions reign supreme.
Despite the increasing need for such equipment, bringing high-density computation into any data center can have significant ramifications from a power, cooling, failover, and structural limits perspective. How can you take on a project like this safely?
Future Facilities collaborated with Black & Veatch to provide data center consulting services that solve complex capacity planning challenges much like the one described above for enterprise organizations.
In one such case, we helped a leading financial enterprise upgrade and add more high-density equipment to their data center, all while extending the life of their facilities and avoiding an expensive shift to the cloud, by implementing the 6Sigma Digital Twin.
Originally, when this client was upgrading and adding more equipment to their data center, the company was convinced that they were running out of power based on equipment specifications with a safety redundancy in place. After Black & Veatch’s assessment, it became clear that the client did not have issues with capacity or space, but instead with distribution between mechanical, electrical, and IT systems.
Redistributing these would allow for the stranded power to be properly distributed. By making these upgrades, notably at a fraction of the cost of moving to colocation, the client would be able to meet near-term growth projections within their existing data center footprint.
Once the client realized they had more capacity and space than they originally thought, Black & Veatch turned to Future Facilities’ Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling software—6Sigma Digital Twin, to determine the best use of the client’s existing capacity and space.
Black & Veatch could determine the best configuration for the client to yield optimal mechanical system performance and PUE by running multiple modeling scenarios. Additional testing, including calculating transient times and failure rates, helped Black & Veatch understand and convey to the client the future best and worst-case scenarios, so the client could take the right actions now to mitigate future operational disruptions.
The financial services client was also able to integrate their data center digital twin with existing DCIM and information systems, which enabled them to visualize and gain a greater understanding of their data center, including the power network and existing IT deployment. Their digital twin is automatically and seamlessly updated, without interruption to existing internal workflows and processes, to ensure an accurate view of their data center.
With this 360-degree view into their operation, the client is now able to analyze and make day-to-day operational decisions more quickly and easily.
Check out our dedicated enterprise page to find out more about the unique positioning of enterprise data centers, how best to extend the life of existing facilities, and how to integrate new equipment and assets.
Blog written by: Danielle Gibson, Product Marketing Manager
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