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Future Facilities introduces ACE performance assessment for data centres

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ACE Performance Score quantifies available data centre capacity, availability and efficiency, allowing owner-operators to decide how to maximise their data centre performance


In an industry where the average TCO overspend is around $27m per MW, where $/kW can spiral out of control within just a few short years of entering operation, and where the average cost of downtime is $627k per incident, owner-operators want solutions. Step forward Future Facilities, specialist in predictive modelling for data centres, with the ACE Performance Score.

The ACE Performance Score enables data centre owner-operators to accurately track and improve the performance of their data centres. Critically, it allows them to do so in a sustainable and repeatable way, meaning that they can exercise much greater control over increases in downtime, cost per kW of IT load, and total cost of ownership.

The score is derived from the three interconnected variables that ultimately determine how costly a data centre is: Availability (uptime and resilience), physical Capacity and cooling Efficiency (ACE). It presents a new way of assessing, balancing and visualising these critical indicators of data centre performance.

ACE Performance Score works by mapping data (for example, inventory and “real-time” power) from DCIM toolsets into a powerful 3D virtual facility model. With that automated process accomplished, it then simulates the resulting distribution of airflow and temperature in the space. This confluence of predictive modelling and DCIM data is called Predictive Modelling for DCIM.

Hassan Moezzi, Future Facilities CEO, explained: “The people responsible for the operation of the data centre cannot predict the engineering impact of moves, additions or changes made to the IT load. In a dynamic environment, each and every change has an effect upon data centre capacity, resilience or efficiency. The ACE Performance Score will give our customers a way to assess how compromised their data centre is, to then improve it, and finally to maintain it in future operations.”

This is all possible because the ACE Performance Score plots the data centre’s Performance Gap – the difference between maximum design potential and what can be achieved in day-to-day data centre operations. Once the performance gap has been identified, data centre professionals can make informed decisions about which variables to protect, which to sacrifice, where to save money, how to lessen the impact of change and how to ensure data center investments are maximised.

The score is arrived at by means of Future Facilities’ ACE data centre performance assessment service. This measures data centre performance at any point in time, provides a comparison against the original design intent, and allows the owner-operator to decide which of the variables to protect and which to sacrifice in order to meet their operational goals.
In trials of the ACE Performance Score, Future Facilities saved a major financial institution $10m by assessing and improving a single 24,000ft2 data centre. This was a well-run centre with an extensive DCIM toolset, too.

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