December 3, 2013
When data center processing requirements exceed a facility’s capacity to handle the load – and traditional expansion is not in the budget – a pre-designed, pre-integrated, pre-certified, approach is a perfect solution. Boosting real-time, scalable capacity – these pre-designed infrastructures are complete solutions. As the design is pre-tested and an “open” system, you remove integration and compatibility issues – meaning the data center is up and running quickly. It is not a mere “modular” approach which delivers pre-configured containers or racks – but it is as close to a large “data center in a box” as you can get. That’s why leading analysts like IMS Research peg the market as growing 40 percent between 2012 and 2013.
Compass has broken the mold. — Their “module” breaks from the traditional containerized or rack “module” to deliver a complete, working, 10,000 sq. ft., 1.2 MW data center. And it includes monitoring capability with an open DCIM platform right “out of the box.”
Typically, the “go-to” monitoring and controlling tool is a Building Management System (BMS) –for all mechanical and electrical equipment. But inside a data center, whether it’s designed-from-scratch or a productized data center, it’s increasingly imperative to monitor at a more granular level and augment the power of BMS for the branch circuits, the power strips, and the servers themselves. Recognizing this, Compass’ offering includes a BMS with the additional option of a world-class DCIM tool.
DCIM is used to reduce power, cooling and operational costs, as well as to increase the reliability of the infrastructure. It may come as no surprise that EMA analysts report organizations using FieldView DCIM realized savings of up to 30 percent on their energy bills.
The benefits of DCIM are greatly enhanced for pre-designed data centers via integration into the Compass BMS. Compass has gone beyond the modular-container approach – providing a complete data center with functionality far exceeding that of any similar system – while FieldView brings the added capabilities of branch circuit monitoring, thermal mapping (environmental monitoring), trending (power usage) and performance management.
This unique “best-practice monitoring” approach provides a more effective way to contain costs and extend any data center deployment.
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