I had been busy with numbers of Data Center Projects recently. All of these projects are referring to Data Center Expansion or new Data Center Build up requirements. There are number of interest discussion we had with multiple clients and exchange technical knowledge and opinion from each others. Does a data center efficiencies or success measure by the size, usable capacity,  density or etc? Everyone should had a different opinion about this topic.

Traditional Data center were built by M&E or facilities management, mostly without IT department involvement. This had been transformed in most enterprise organization as IT has the better understanding what will be deployed into the data center after it build. There are always conflict from Facility and IT, as both KPI been measure separately and conflict to each other. Let’s assume a 5000 SFts data center, the facility guy may require to fill up the max capacity with the lowest budget. It may physical fill up with few hundred of racks and look nice at the end, but the usability could be  question due to the density and capacity per rack which impact the data center life cycle. A physical 42U rack doesn’t mean it allow us to fully mounted any physical devices into it, as we need to consider about the power and cooling pieces. From IT perspective, they will prefer to use less space into the data center, and reduce the power, cooling & cabling to achieve green IT environment. This had been part of IT main goal with storage consolidation, virtualization & I/O virtualization. If the power and cooling capacity are not proper plan, IT will not able to optimize the data center facilities.

Both facility and IT team should communicate and plan together to achieve Data Center efficiency. We had been talked about cloud, modular & scalable in infrastructure, why don’t we apply the same methodology in the physical facilities today?  A scalable solution allow users to have better management in term of capex and opex. It does help IT to reduce the carbon foot prints and energy waste. A data center should able to scale on demand up to certain extend, if planning were done properly at the earlier stage. The data center facilities today should independent design, build and operate by the IT department which they will have better understanding and greater responsible to optimize the Data Center.