Increased Traffic—Is your data center at risk of an outage?

The global pandemic has brought many data center operational shortcomings to the surface. Businesses are demanding more from their digital infrastructure and there’s even less room for error than before. Zoom, the web conferencing application that has seen a serious boom since the move to remote, recently experienced a worldwide outage on Monday August 24th. While the reason for the outage remains unclear, an outage is simply never a good thing, and taking preventative measures to ensure your data center can handle an increase in incoming traffic is key to staying proactive. 

Something we believed to be true before the pandemic and still rings true now: optimization of utilization is impossible without precision. Accurate decisions come from getting the right data to the right people. This type of visibility and communication is essential to protecting your data center’s business continuity.

No tool is capable of simulating data center operations the way the Data Center Digital Twin can, and this blog will walk you through something we can do that no one else can: predict future outcomes based on present-day conditions.


Digital Twin Technology Connects Teams: Get the Right Data to the Right People

While IT deployment guidelines are based on a specific set of IT resource requirements, these requirements are constantly changing. Before you know it, the original deployment guidelines you’ve become accustomed to are obsolete. To keep track of all your IT, you’re likely having to use a range of toolsets, from DCIM to Microsoft Excel.

These wide range of toolsets often create information bottlenecks that can delay the planning and deployment process. In turn, DCIM is not a single source of truth or single pane of glass solution. These toolsets and IT deployment guidelines can be a good starting point, but they can’t guarantee the safety of IT equipment when facing power or cooling issues. 

The 6SigmaDCX platform enables IT and Facilities to work from the same data set, ensuring that every team can measure the effects of their team’s proposed changes on the data center as a whole. Teams can prototype possible deployment options to ensure the final rollout plan maximizes performance. In other words, this means that you can predict how your data center will react to future changes.

Deployments can be stress-tested in the safety of the Digital Twin to ensure IT stays resilient when faced with power and cooling failures.

Figure 1. The typical 6SigmaDCX workflow enables smoother collaboration across teams and verified prototyping of future deployment plans

Data Center CFD is the Missing Ingredient in Data Center Capacity Planning

At the end of the day, keeping your data center agile and preventing outages is about teamwork. It’s about making sure your team can work together with other data center teams quickly and effectively. Having a platform that provides that collaborative, virtual environment is one thing, but having a software that can accurately simulate the physical operations of the data center so all teams can see the impact of their decisions on each other is what makes our software special. 

Let us show you how. Get in touch with a member of our team here. If you're interested in more of the nuts and bolts of how a Digital Twin is made, check out our Quick Start Implementation blog post here.

Blog written by: Danielle Gibson, Lead Marketing Editor, and Robert Schmidt, Director of Sales + Client Innovation - Data Center Infrastructure Software SME

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