Future Facilities’ 6Sigma DCX Product Line has become a beneficial platform for data center planning at Citigroup. The toolset was first operated at Citi’s monumental 40,000 square foot data center in New York, and will continue to be a vital resource for the leading global bank. From the article:
At Citigroup, Christian Pastrana, vice president of datacenter planning, found himself at the convergence point of stakeholder contradictions while managing Citi’s space-tapped, 40,000 square foot, 1986-vintage legacy data center in New York. Charged with improving datacenter efficiencies, he and his team naturally targeted energy consumption of the datacenter’s electricity-hungry HVAC system, which pleased operations-side stakeholders. But the IT group said Pastrana’s group had to first ensure 100 percent IT thermal conformance and thermal resilience for their assets.
Pastrana, who said his team, a technology engineering group, serves in part as a liaison and a bridge between Citi’s real estate management organization and IT, and “it’s not easy to appeal to all the stakeholders,” he said.
Pastrana needed a means of balancing these conflicting needs, a method for analyzing datacenter performance and conditions from several perspectives at once. Ideally, he wanted predictive analysis capabilities that could foretell the impact of various changes in IT equipment and “white space” (the area in the datacenter allocated for IT equipment) conditions.
For this he turned to Future Facilities, a UK-based company that’s turning heads in the datacenter management world with software that utilizes CFD and other modeling techniques while integrating data from DCIM tools to generate detailed, interactive virtualizations of an entire datacenter. Its 6SigmaDCX product line also has predictive capabilities that show datacenter managers the impact of new equipment installations or, in Citigroup’s case, a typical one, of energy conservation measures.