Gartner Says Organisations Should Plan For the Infinite Data Centre
With the Right Practices in Place, a Data Centre Built Today Could Meet Business Needs Indefinitely The Infinite Data Centre to be Examined at the Gartner Data Center Summit 2013, Held on 25-26 November in London, UK and 9-12 December in Las Vegas, Nevada
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The increasing business demands on IT mean that data centre
managers must plan to increase their organisation’s computing and storage capacity at a considerable
rate in the coming years, according to Gartner, Inc. Organisations that plan well can adjust to rapid growthin computing capacity without requiring more data centre floor space, cooling or power and realise asubstantial competitive advantage over their rivals.
The first mistake many data centre managers make is to base their estimates on what they already have,
extrapolating out future space needs according to historical growth patterns,” said David Cappuccio,research vice president at Gartner. “This seemingly logical approach is based on two flawed assu
the existing floor space is already being used properly and usable space is purely horizontal.”
To ensure maximum efficiency, data centre growth and capacity should be viewed in terms of computingcapacity per square foot, or per kilowatt, rather than a simple measure of floor space. A fairly typical smalldata centre of 40 server racks at 60 per cent capacity, housing 520 physical servers and growing incomputing capacity at 15 per cent each year, would require four times as much floor space in 10 years.
With conventional thinking and the fear of hot spots at the fore, these 40 racks, or 1,200 square feet of floor space, become nearly 5,000 square feet in just 10 years, with associated costs,
” said Mr Cappuccio.“
A data centre manager who rethink
s his organisation’s
floor plans, cooling and server refreshes canhouse the increased computing capacity in the original floor space and help meet growing business needsindefinitely. We will witness small data centre environments with significant computing growth ratesmaintaining
exactly the same footprint for the next 15 to 20 years.”
In this scenario, Gartner recommends upgrading the existing server base to thinner 1U (one unit) heightservers or even sleeveless servers, while increasing rack capacity to 90 per cent on average by usinginnovative floor-size designs and modern cooling methods, such as rear door heat exchanger cooling(RDHx), to mitigate concerns over hot spots.. Implementing an RHDx system can also reduce the overallpower consumption of a data centre by more than 40 per cent, since high volumes of forced air are nolonger required to cool the equipment.
“An initial investment in planning time and technology refresh can pay huge dividends in the
mid-to-longterm for busines
ses anticipating a continuous growth in computing capacity needs,” said Mr Cappuccio.
The evolution of cloud computing adoption will also provide relief for growing data centre requirements andas the technology becomes more established, an increasing proportion of data centre functions willmigrate to specialist or hybrid cloud providers. This further increases the likelihood of an organisation