Future-proofing Colocation Data Center Growth with Intelligent Management Tools
According to a current Zion Market Research report, the worldwide data center colocation market, that was valued at $31 billion USD at 2017, is expected to reach $105 billion USD from 2026. Sever Colocation providers poised to reap the most will have to distinguish themselves by providing their customers reliability, service, and convenience. To adapt to those changes, colocation suppliers are incorporating services like infrastructure, cloud as a service, and IT device management to simplify the lives of the tenants. All these services provide all the flexibility of paying to get their colo provider care for this for them or doing everything themselves to tenants.
Irrespective of where tenants fall within this continuum, colocation providers can use DCIM tools, like a tenant portal, to inform their tenants of the operational status. Operational status may mean the amount of power a tenant is utilizing any day, or the maximum temperature their IT equipment gets at the front of the rack, or even the optimal location to install their next server, dependent on availability of system interfaces, power, cooling, and rack area.
These exact same management platforms provide colocation providers insight to all the physical infrastructure equipment used by a certain tenant, discover through simulation which tenants will be affected by specific cooling or power equipment failures, and understand their source abilities (i.e. electricity, space, and heating ). A growing number of colocation firms are turning to a new generation of intelligent data center infrastructure management tools offering these and other insights.
Now’s colocation providers can also use these cloud-based data center management tools to future-proof their information centers. These tools improve their capacity to quantify and forecast data center infrastructure cooling and power capabilities. In many cases, colocation operators don’t have the information that they need to deploy new gear at capability and the time, such as PDUs and rack PDUs. Tenants ask questions like”How can my new IT equipment affect my redundancy and backup runtime?” While locating the answers to these questions may seem simple, it can really be a time-consuming and complex undertaking without the proper tools. Colocation operators recall the days when that work was performed with clipboards and spreadsheets.
Determining the answers to these questions is critical. For instance, as more IT gear is installed at the colocation facility, the data centre or room’s actual rack density may exceed the design limitations. Cooling systems and the stresses on the power may lead to downtime. The power and cooling requirements of the IT devices themselves aren’t constant, but vary as a result of both power and virtualization management features employed by IT equipment vendors. Colocation providers require better advice regarding how and where to deploy gear maximize using the physical infrastructure source and to ensure performance. A new creation of cloud-based data centre management tools, such as the EcoStruxure IT of Schneider Electric offer these abilities for colocation providers.
The advantages of deploying such solutions include:
Vendor agnostic — irrespective of the newest of infrastructure device, these solutions can offer proactive insights on critical assets that affect the health and availability of the IT environment. Furthermore, these systems give recommendations to optimize infrastructure functionality and mitigate risk.
Predictable gear behaviour — By correlating power, cooling, and space resources to individual servers, these cloud-based data center management tools, through prediction and simulation, can notify colocation operators of possible physical infrastructure problems and before they happen. This helps to reduce downtime and shorten meantime-to-repair when a mistake will occur.
Improved customer support and cost control — In virtualized and dynamic cloud surroundings, the real time awareness of changing power and cooling capabilities is important for safe server positioning. These intelligent tools allow until server provisioning decisions are made colocation providers to notify tenants of the impacts of the actions. Chargebacks for energy consumption may change how decisions are created by aligning energy use to business results and are also possible with all these new tools.
Understand what other growth approaches colocation providers may deploy in this 451 Research report, Client Insight: Future-proofing your own colocation enterprise. Also, hear from VP Strategy Greg Jones and Offer Management from Schneider Electric talk to this topic and the effect IT applications has on the facility in an video interview with Data Center Dynamics. At this occasion, colocation providers from around the world assemble to go over strategies, industry trends, challenges, and efficiencies to set up within their data centers. Stay tuned for the insights gleaned from these conversations!