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Co-location data centers

The increasing trend world-wide for outsourcing data center space to multi-tenant data centers, has resulted in high growth rates within multi-tenant data center space across the globe and a current situation where demand outpaces supply.

Managing Co-location data centers with kW in mind

Space and utilization is the accepted way of measuring and comparing multi-tenant data centers - but not necessarily the most accurate, as not all data centers are designed with the same power density in mind or the same level of utilization. An easier comparison can be made when using the common metric of the critical power or kilowatt (kW) available to customers. This metric is gaining momentum amongst multi-tenant customers and is driving a change in the way multi-tenant data centers are managing their data center space and available power capacity.

The new kW model helps multi-tenant data centers to optimize their physical infrastructure, and focus on utilization and efficiency. In order to implement a kW model fully it is imperative to have a thorough understanding of the current data center capacities - both in terms of regular data center power, cooling & space - but even more importantly the space currently available to sell on to customers, as well as space currently in use, reserved, or capacity used for internal purposes. This provides a new use for data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tools, which are traditionally used by Data Center Managers, IT Managers and Facility Managers.

The Schneider Electric solution

Schneider Electric???s StruxureWare Data Center Operation for Co-location transforms the way that multi-tenant providers are doing business by optimizing data center capacities and business processes, whether a kW or space model is deployed, thereby delaying future OpEx and CapEx investments in infrastructure equipment. With cage space management the data center operator can import CAD drawings and visualize the solution in 3D. The open system integrates tenant billing information into the DCIM system for detailed mapping of tenant assets and instant impact analysis.

The usage of DCIM tools is extended to the multi-tenant sales process, with instant visualization of available space - making it a driver for business development.

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