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Data Center Power Woes? Check Out What the Experts Say on Capacity Planning
In an age of Big Data, the planning needed for the capacity of the data center is changing. Not only are IT managers and CIOs concerned with data center power consumption, they’re also paying attention to efficiency and future growth. In doing so, they have to balance both current and future IT requirements against their current consumption. If capacity isn’t able to meet the need, changes have to be made.
A recent whitepaper from DCD Intelligence highlights how data center capacity-planning to optimize the consumption of data center power can be a complex process with strategic and operational implications that are far-reaching. Therefore, strategies have to be well-planned and executed to ensure the organization can meet its goals today and into the future. Anticipating future data storage and management needs could easily be the most challenging.
Fortunately, there are key points in developing the capacity plan that can help in the process. First, establish a baseline understanding of the requirements in terms of key resources needed in the facility, including data center power, infrastructure, space and cooling. Requirements as they currently stand are important to consider, but looking to future needs is also important. In this stage, decision-makers have to understand company strategy, overall IT priorities, build or buy options available and historic usage of power.
Likewise, IT teams need to conduct their own research on available background information by interviewing vendors, peers and conducting research on the Web. Attending relevant trade shows, conferences and training courses can also be a benefit. All of these activities contribute to a larger understanding of the current and potential needs for the data center, as well as real estate for labs and data centers.
If plans include the build within the current facility, the solution will need to be retrofitted to the existing boundaries. In this scenario, IT managers have to understand the limitations of power, cooling and space as they relate to the plans for the future. If a new facility is in the works, capacity planning will include choosing a location, selecting the appropriate devices, designing the necessary power access, understanding the applications that will need to run and be supported, adhering to industry specific regulations, analyzing optimization requirements and so much more.
Fortunately, this is not something an IT manager or CIO has to navigate on their own. In fact, a number of industry leaders have already completed the step and shared their best practices in this whitepaper. It explores some of the best methods for optimizing the data center environment, regardless of the plan for new build or retrofitting. The point is to get the outcome they need for protecting data center power consumption while building the capacity necessary for future growth.
To learn from these best practices and industry leaders, check out this whitepaper in full.
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