As virtualisation will bring challenges to the power and cooling infrastructure, a power and cooling capacity plan is needed to ensure predictable performance and optimise the use of physical infrastructure resources. To achieve this, businesses will need to have the means to run simulations in their planning phase. Schneider Electric today offers customers with a planning tool - Virtualization Energy Cost Calculator TradeOff Tool.
This interactive tool illustrates IT, physical infrastructure, and energy savings resulting from the virtualisation of servers in a data centre. The tool allows the user to input data regarding data centre capacity, load, number of servers, energy cost, and other data centre elements to test the impact of virtualisation and various physical infrastructure improvements on their data centre floor space and on their energy consumption.
With increased volumes of cloud computing creating high power density that can severely tax the power and cooling infrastructure of a data centre, it is key for customers to be able to tap on end-to-end cooling solutions ranging from room to row to rack or even a hybrid cooling model i.e. a combination of the aforementioned solutions, in order for them to achieve lower energy costs and higher energy efficiency.
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