Unpredictability is public enemy #1 for the data center

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that for all of the experience and intelligence in business management today, most organizations are highly sensitive to unplanned outcomes. That’s why it’s more important than ever before to maximize the predictability of your data center’s behavior.

We’ve all seen it happen. A change request comes in, adjustments are made and pretty soon new issues arise as power and cooling struggle to cope with a new set up. Soon SLAs are at risk and KPIs are missed. 

Rule of thumb, or laws of physics?

Today this sort of uncertainty no longer "comes with the territory." Most organizations have lost their appetite for the unpredictable due to the sudden, far-reaching implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. And so negative knock-on outcomes from changes within the data center have become untenable.

The problem for the majority of facilities teams is that they simply cannot accurately forecast what happens when the IT load changes, power management proves unreliable or operational budgets are outright compromised. These are things that even years of experience, certainly not the rule of thumb, can predetermine with any degree of certainty.

In this climate, you have to be able to know the outcomes of your actions, well before they happen.

Own the changes in your facility

The vulnerability and risk caused by unpredictable eventualities doesn’t have to loom over you. When you unpick the route cause of these problems, very often it’s a lack of good quality data. In fact, our research has shown that capacity planning is impacted 90% of the time due to poor data. 

This is hardly surprising when you appraise the suite of tools that most facilities teams have at their disposal. In the face of increasingly complex, precariously balanced data center infrastructure, the source of all knowledge tends to comprise spreadsheets, DCIM and standalone CFD solutions. These are tools that were never really designed for predictive analysis of how data centers now operate.

That now changes thanks to the Digital Twin. Providing a virtual replica of your facility, it creates a risk-free model in which you can accurately simulate even the most detailed changes to your physical facility and IT infrastructure. With it set up, facilities teams can plan, operate and collaborate across silos more efficiently and effectively than ever before. 

Having a Digital Twin in place, facility operations can quickly share ideas and provide feedback and suggestions on layout changes, then test them to ensure they deliver the required results. It’s time to reduce the risk to SLAs and get a Digital Twin in place.

Blog written by: Sherman Ikemoto, Managing Director

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