Infrastructure Efficiency Under Pressure

Data Center operators are under ever increasing pressure to optimize their infrastructure efficiency.  This pressure now includes not just Power Utilization Efficiency (PUE) and cooling efficiency, but Water Utilization Efficiency (WUE), and even Gas Utilization Efficiency (GUE). A quality DCIM solution provides the key aspects needed to address improvements in efficiency – Data Visibility (monitoring), Efficiency Analysis, and metrics on efficiency gains (KPIs).  A top tier DCIM solution provides the flexibility to rapidly adopt the latest equipment technology, without waiting on DCIM vendor updates – adding the advantages that cutting-edge hardware can provide in your battle for greater efficiency.

Underlying Drivers

The pressure for higher efficiency is ever present and driven by multiple sources. The most critical is stringent government regulations. These can be the most crucial as you can incur penalties, and they can be significant. For example, in some locations in EMEA you must collect waste heat for use by the municipality.

The next most pressing driver is SLA agreements imposed by Colocation customers. These customers are typically trying to reduce their carbon footprint or meet an overall efficiency goal anywhere they have a presence. Failure to comply can result in loss of business contracts.

Beyond this, internal motivations (reducing overhead) will drive towards greater efficiency. And, of course, just being a good neighbor and reducing impact on the environment!

Data Visibility

In the battle to increase efficiency, a baseline data set is needed – to determine your current efficiency, and to measure progress and gains. You cannot optimize what you cannot measure and track. The path to greater efficiency requires monitoring of your infrastructure gear, to both collect the baseline and provide visibility on progress. A DCIM solution that is hardware agnostic across vendors and models, ensures access to the robust data already hidden within your infrastructure gear.

Data Analysis

Beyond that, a robust data collection solution allows you to track efficiency gains at greater granularity and much more rapidly.  Rich data visibility lets you know which changes in your infrastructure gear (or procedures) net real-world gains, and which changes simply shift resource distribution.  Having a complete and extensive data model of your infrastructure resources allows your analytics module (in your DCIM) to unlock key efficiency relationships.

Metrics & KPIs

Having a rich data set and a full-featured set of analysis tools allows you to define your current operating state, define specific goals for efficiency, and then measure progress towards them – helping you reach these goals (and associated reward-based thresholds at the end of the year).

Adoption Of the Latest Models

The push for greater efficiency will often drive adoption of newer models of your critical infrastructure gear. In keeping with market needs, newer models are typically more efficient. For example, the latest Galaxy UPSs™ use Lithium-Ion batteries and solid state switching   This means they have no breakers or contacts, and they can operate at 99% efficiency. 

If your DCIM solution requires manufacturer-provided device drivers, upgrades can be hampered by the wait for those new drivers. Protocol-based DCIM solutions allow you to stay at the cutting edge – simply because you are not a slave to your vendor providing drivers. A protocol-based device template allows you to adjust or create a device template yourself, removing this roadblock.

If you are trying to eke out every bit of efficiency, device upgrades can help – and a flexible protocol-based DCIM solution will speed your progress towards efficiency.

The Takeaway

In the battle for higher and higher efficiencies, Modius’s OpenData® DCIM is your ally – the tools to measure and track metrics across all vendors and models. Our analytics module helps you see into your data and understand where the best gains are possible.

Our AI / ML capability leverages Machine Learning to identify patterns in your raw data.  The efficiency analysis option can detect opportunities for gain that a human might never recognize.

If you are looking for a next-generation DCIM solution that can help you gain higher efficiencies, consider Modius® OpenData. OpenData provides integrated tools including machine learning capability to manage the assets and performance of colocation facilities, enterprise data centers, and critical infrastructure.

OpenData is a ready-to-deploy DCIM featuring an enterprise-class architecture that scales incredibly well. In addition, OpenData gives you real-time, normalized, actionable data accessible through a single sign-on and a single pane of glass.

We are passionate about helping clients run more profitable data centers and providing operators with the best possible view into a managed facility’s data. We have been delivering DCIM solutions since 2007. We are based in San Francisco and are proudly a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB Certified). You can reach us at or 1-(888) 323.0066.

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