Decision fatigue in the data center industry is relentless. Not only are there a daunting number of day-to-day decisions that must be made to keep a data center running at optimum performance, but there are also numerous key decision-makers whose choices impact one another. Keeping these decision-makers synchronized can pose a serious challenge.
Each decision-maker has a different set of priorities. For example, while the Capacity Planning Manager is most likely concerned with optimizing space usage, the IT Manager might be more concerned about the safety and longevity of the equipment. And the list goes on.
In short, we have a lot of decision-makers, a lot of decisions, and they all must be synchronized to avoid any mishaps. This blog details a few of the very significant day-to-day decisions in the data center the Digital Twin makes easier.
The Digital Twin for data centers uses physics-based simulation, or Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), to create a 3D replica of your physical data center as well as calculate cooling and airflow. Hosting a searchable archive of IT objects and numerous integrations with third party systems, such as Sunbird®, Nlyte®, and ServiceNow®, the Digital Twin can be used as a data center management hub or capacity planning tool. It also facilitates a cross-departmental view of the data center.
Using the Digital Twin, you can evaluate a wide range of scenarios to learn the true boundary conditions of your IT in a safe environment. Within the Digital Twin, you can add IT, racks, rows, and zones to establish the impact of new hardware deployment on data center performance. In turn, you can test boundary conditions by modeling, for example, different fan failures or temperatures to name a few. All of this can be done under standard or stress conditions. You can run various scenarios to validate changes in layout at every level, so you can rule out any potential hotspots.
The Digital Twin workflow enables smoother collaboration across teams because, when using the Digital Twin, data center teams work from the same data set. Each team can measure how proposed changes will impact not only their part of the data center, but the entire data center. What sets the Digital Twin apart is not only adopting working processes using a collaborative, virtual hub, but moreover the use of simulation capabilities to demonstrate how your data center will react to future changes. This means that all teams involved in data center changes and updates can visually see the knock-on impact of their proposed changes to other teams.
Simulation allows you to experiment with equipment design, room layout, and much more in a virtual environment. This removes much of the day-to-day headache of physical experimentation or making decisions based on rule of thumb. Not to mention it’s faster, cheaper, and safer. Virtually testing means you can be sure that your data center achieves SLA compliance and other relevant standards, but also that you know exactly how much to provision, so you don’t waste resources.
The Digital Twin’s CFD simulation capabilities help solve many of the day-to-day decisions regarding thermal risk and capacity utilization. Study the impact of new cooling technologies, optimize your data center facilities, validate equipment design and more, all within the data center Digital Twin. Learn more about how the Digital Twin can work for your unique workflow or goals here.
Blog written by: Danielle Gibson, Product Marketing Manager
6 May, 2021