Understanding the True Cost of Lost Capacity in the Data Center

As more demands are placed on the data center, lost resources become very expensive. Learn how to regain resource control.

Bill Kleyman

October 28, 2013

2 Min Read
Google data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa
An overhead view of the server infrastructure in Google’s data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (Photo: Connie Zhou for Google)Alphabet/Google

Today's data centers are being designed around multi-tenancy, greater efficiency, and high-density computing. These new demands are the direct result of more users, more data, and a lot more cloud computing. In fact, the global data center industry is booming, with triple-digit investment growth in South East Asia and double-digit growth in mature Western European markets. However, a substantial proportion of this investment (up to 50 percent in the worst cases) is being spent on compute capacity that will never be utilized. As more users are placed within the modern data center, lost resources become very expensive items because of efficiency and lost utilization.

Because of this resulting lost capacity, there needs to be a way to logically monitor the entire environment to prevent resource provisioning challenges from happening.  This white paper from Future Facilities, you will learn how the only way to prevent lost capacity is through the use of simulation and modeling techniques. These tools and solutions enable the four key capacities of data center infrastructure – space, power, cooling and cabling – to be proactively and collaboratively managed throughout the life of the facility.

This ever-changing environment makes successfully delivering the space, power, cooling and cabling requirements over time a very difficult task. To exacerbate the problem, those responsible for signing off data center budgets often have scant idea of the gap between the capacity they’ve paid for and what they actually get; even less what to do to close it. So there’s little or no top-down pressure to tackle and rectify the problem.

At the root of this financial horror story are some simple but fundamental questions that every data center budget-holder should be able to answer:

  • How much Data Centre Capacity have I lost?

  • What is the true cost of lost capacity to my business?

  • Do our IT and Facilities teams have the tools to reclaim this lost capacity?

  • How can we prevent lost capacity in the future?

Developing new ways of controlling data center resources can be challenging and is often best taken one step at a time. In this whitepaper, Future Facilities recommends that data center operators with multiple facilities identify a pilot site to use as a basis for building their first Virtual Facility. The virtual model can then be aligned to any existing DCIM systems, monitoring tools or change management databases, as well as being fully incorporated into the facility management processes. Download this white paper today to understand the key aspects of lost resources and how to quickly overcome these data center challenges.

About the Author(s)

Bill Kleyman

Bill Kleyman has more than 15 years of experience in enterprise technology. He also enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues about tech. His published and referenced work can be found on Data Center Knowledge, AFCOM, ITPro Today, InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Forbes, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and more.

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