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Data center optimization firm Future Facilities has taken a partner to promote ACE, the modeling and simulation service which it offers for improving data center efficiency.

ACE scores the data center on three often-conflicting measures - availability, capacity and efficiency.  DCIM Solutions, an imaginatively-named vendor of data center infrastucture management (DCIM) solutions, will market the ACE metric as a tool called ACE Jumpstart which uses Future's software and a 3D model of the data center to analyzes its performance, showing how well the site is performing, how much it is costing, and how it can be improved.

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Future Facilities provides computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of the temperature and airflow inside a data center. Its ACE metric was proposed in 2013 as a way to measure data center performance.

Behind the simple figures, ACE is based on air flows within a model of the site called the "virtual facility", and Future promises that it can be linked to existing datacenter management tools. The service includes a 90-day subscription to Future Facilities’ 6SigmaDC modelling software.

Future hopes that ACE may be adopted and developed by a body like the Green Grid or the Uptime Institute. Analyst firm The 451 has given it a cautious welcome: "We believe that at the business level, the ACE method or 'score' does have some merit," said 451 analyst Andy Lawrence in a report. "For example, although the score can be created by manual input into a spreadsheet, it is certainly possible, using DCIM tools for the underlying input and, possibly, linking to IT capacity management tools, to draw all the key data for such a score into a single screen and, to a degree, into a single and simple set of KPIs."

In principle, an ACE score couild be predicted, giving a guideline on the value of replacing one cooling method with another, in terms of cost and efficiency.

Sherman Ikemoto, director of Future Facilities said: "ACE Jumpstart will be further optimized for the data center owner/operator. It’s gratifying to see the ACE Assessment becoming adopted as an important metric for data center efficiency.”