Capacity demands are increasing for enterprises and colocations alike. With IoT, AI and increased analytics workloads coming in across all sectors, businesses are playing catch-up when it comes to data center capacity. A study from 451 research has outlined that 30% of businesses are crunching data analytics on colocation facilities, while 35% are relying on on-premise enterprise data centers. The dream for colos and enterprise data centers then is to have the flexibility and efficiencies of a hyperscaler.
However, bringing hyperscale performance to every data center might sound like a risky or unfeasible proposition. While being able to scale quickly adds the flexibility that data centers need, most data center managers like to point out the complexity of their workloads, the lack of customized hardware and facilities that are simply not designed to operate in this way.
Nonetheless, the benefits that are on offer from operating like a hyperscaler cannot be ignored. With both their scale and a fundamentally different approach to data center management, hyperscales offer a number of operational improvements including:
- Greater flexibility
• Highly efficient resourcing allocation
• Near instant scalability
• Lower operating costs
There is an inherent risk with implementing a brand-new approach to data center management, including the challenge of connecting brand new infrastructure into a legacy data center. Colo and traditional data centers can achieve the many benefits of operating like a hyperscale data center only with greater control and understanding over the arrangement of their data center.
To achieve these benefits though, they need to have greater visibility and control than they currently do. They need the digital twin.
Scaling up with the digital twin
A digital twin powered by Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling is a simulation tool that can be used to understand the current and future performance of the data center and then crucially impact any change to its performance. This creates a more efficient analysis of available space and resources so that teams can make better decisions on how to run their data center.
By utilizing a digital twin, both colo and enterprise data center teams can look to predict, visualize and quantify the impact of any change in a data center prior to implementation, thereby mitigating the risks associated with operating like a hyperscaler. One solution that can enable this new type of management is 6SigmaRoom.
By using a digital twin solution like 6SigmaRoom, teams can easily increase their capacity without incurring any increases in the risks of an outage. Given that many businesses say that an increase in capacity of just 27% would answer their needs, this surge in efficiency could lead to a serious reduction in CapEx (The Digital Twin for Today’s Data Center).
It’s time then to think like a hyperscaler and enjoy the flexibility and efficiencies that this offers. It’s time to meet your digital twin!
Find out more about how our digital twin works in our downloadable eBook here.