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Power Capacity Management

Data Center Facilities Operators are tasked with ensuring maximum uptime, minimizing utility costs, and ensuring adequate power capacity exists to support an ever-changing allocation of IT equipment.  The power distribution infrastructure must be managed to provide a nimble response to business requirements that maintain operational momentum and a competitive edge.

Data Center IT Operators are tasked with managing a dynamic set of technology requirements to meet corporate goals.  Knowing exactly where capacity exists for new equipment deployment or equipment relocation without jeopardizing service level agreements, is critical for rapid response to business requirements.

Advanced Power Capacity Management is the key to infrastructure optimization and agile support of business initiatives.

How it Works

The OpenData Power Capacity Management Module from Modius provides the ability to create an exact model of the power distribution infrastructure.  This model enables performance monitoring, fail-over and redundancy scenario testing, and power capacity planning to support IT operations in your data center.

The PCM Module leverages our Materials Catalog to select the power infrastructure assets found in your data center. These asset master records make quick work of assembling an accurate model of your power chain. Within PCM you can use the manufacturer’s specifications for power (supply and demand), real-time measured power (i.e. meter readings), derived loads from downstream components, or any combination of these values to create an accurate map of power flow at every node in the power chain.  Some DCIM vendors only use plate or derated power values for these calculations, but OpenData can collect real-time data over time to build “Smart” power profiles for individual assets to free up that over-provisioned capacity.

Once the PCM Power Chain is complete, it can be used to assess fail-over conditions at any node in the chain and test redundancy strategies to insure that all downstream assets have adequate power to continue operation in the case of a failure. When PCM is used in conjunction with our Asset Management Module, this power data can be used to verify valid equipment connections, warn the operator of equipment changes that violate power capacity thresholds and report on assets and applications that would be affected by any power related failure.

Features:

  • Interactive Software Model of Power Infrastructure - Complete documentation of your entire power chain, from utility to servers.
  • Multiple Power Utilization Values - Manufacturer’s Rated, De-rated, User Specified, Measured Real-time, or Downstream Power Feed Aggregates.
  • Power Chain Visualization - Detailed view of complete or partial power chain with drill-down on indivdual nodes.
  • Load Balancing Analysis - Instantly visualize power load imbalances for electrical panels and rack PDU’s.
  • Circuit Redundancy Definitions - Defines correct mapping for power flow in architectures with redundant paths.
  • Redundancy and Load Testing - Interactively test the effect of adding or subtracting load or simulating equipment failures
  • Provisioned Circuits - Provides the ability to assign power usage to customers or end-users to support bill-back reporting.
  • Asset Management Support - Works seamlessly with OpenData’s Asset Management Module to prevent power-related service interuptions caused by equipment changes.
  • Built-in Analytics - Canned reports and dashboards for Power metrics and KPI's

Benefits and Capabilities:

  • Delay or Eliminate Data Center Build-outs - Recover “trapped’ power capacity caused by over-provisioning.
  • Improve MTTD & MTTR Metrics for Power Related Outages - Monitor power infrastructure with alarm and alert notification.
  • Increase Uptime - Eliminate power related outages caused by human error.
  • Reduce Power Expense - Adjust cooling requirements to match actual power loads and right-size power capacity to actual demand.
  • Recover Power Costs - Track and report on power usage by customers or departments for bill-backs.
  • Improve Efficiency - Increase server density to do more work by freeing up power capacity trapped by over-provisioning.


For more information on OpenData’s Power Capacity Management capabilities, contact us at info@modius.com.