Heat modelling tools help with datacentre planning

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Heat modelling tools help with datacentre planning

Cliff Saran

A new breed of capacity planning tool is emerging that will help IT ­directors tackle the growing problem of deploying power-hungry blade servers in datacentres.

The approach, which is being championed by datacentre design consultancy Future Facilities, provides datacentre managers with a tool that can model how datacentre cooling and power systems will cope as new servers are installed.

Available from November, the tool creates a model that includes an inventory of all the equipment in a datacentre, which it uses for thermodynamic modelling to determine how heat and cooling will be affected as new servers are installed.

Mark Seymour, director at ­Future Facilities, said, "We are building up a database which contains information about 100 servers at present." It holds information such as physical size of boxes, the location of inlet and outlet ducts, heat dissipation characteristics, the IP address of the server and any other identifiers.

The tool produces a model of the datacentre which can be checked against the datacentre when it is up and running. Ideally, users should make regular checks and import data­centre inventory into the tool to ensure that the model is an accurate reflection of the live datacentre, ­Semour said.

Another company specialising in this area is Aperture. Its Vista product tracks space, power, cooling, network and storage metrics which can be used with capacity planning in the decision making process.

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