First European Data Centre with Unique 3D Visualisation DCIM Platform
Cofely Services’ Agility data centre is located in the south of Belgium and serves both in-house GDF SUEZ Group clients and external customers with an independent ICT infrastructure. The centre is the first in Europe to offer Datacenter Clarity LC with 3D visualisation, which offers a virtual tour through the data centre infrastructure while managing and monitoring remotely. The unique, flexible 3D visualisation adds transparency to the data centre infrastructure resulting in accessible reporting, optimised operations, smarter decision, higher flexibility and future-proof architecture.
Bridging the IT and FM gap
Datacenter Clarity LC is an advanced software solution that delivers Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) and guarantees a scalable, secure, seamless, resilient and intelligent data centre. It monitors and evaluates the performance of a data centre but also, and most importantly, bridges the gap between the two distinct areas of IT and facilities management. As a result, the creation of a systematic and automated workplace mitigates the risk of human error for a business-critical resource such as a data centre.
Agility Data Centre goes 'green'
As data centres need to consume significant amounts of energy, Cofely Services decided to focus on large-scale sustainability. One of the basic requirements for the Agility Centre Cofely was a DCIM platform that would provide a comprehensive overview of all assets. Datacenter Clarity LC optimises energy consumption thereby facilitating the cost effective operations that the Agility data centre required.
Alexandre Gera, Data Centre Manager for Cofely Services in Belgium and
its Agility Data Centre, describes their decision making process: “We definitely needed a software tool that could monitor, manage, and measure our data centre performance, usage, and energy consumption in relation to our building management system (BMS). As such, the platform also had to be configured for power usage effectiveness (PUE) as well as water and carbon usage effectiveness (WUE and CUE).
“By delivering a guaranteed level of efficiency, it qualified as a ‘green’ data centre. We did not plan on a standard platform, but we really needed a very flexible and high-performance DCIM that could handle multiple features in order to ‘tour’ through the data storage. It had to provide an overview of all assets, like usage parameters, capacity numbers and energy consumption.
The solution: Datacenter Clarity LC
“Siemens offered us the Datacenter Clarity LC software tool with a complete package of features, which were flexible enough to be evaluated and modified during the rollout of the project. It also allowed us to insert additional features like a ticketing module or a maintenance tool at any stage,” explains Alexandre.
Siemens designed the solution and architecture of the Datacenter Clarity LC platform, installed and deployed it, and arranged the integration with the existing building management system used by Cofely Services. “Datacenter Clarity LC at our Agility Data Centre is the key to any facility information, whether it concerns our own data or that of our clients,” Alexandre continues.
“It offers all information and knowledge related to the IT assets and the technical infrastructure and can be tracked daily. Clients can rely on a high-end environment for their IT infrastructure, and the overall view is managed and monitored with only one dedicated software tool. We are the first in Europe to offer a DCIM platform with 3D visualisation.”
Energy Efficient Agility Centre meets target PUE
Agility Centre Cofely exemplifies the movement towards green computing and energy efficiency. Alexandre Gera confirms: “Our Agility data centre is a Tier III+ with an excellent PUE score. This is a key metric that compares energy use for the overall facility to that of the IT equipment. An ideal metric would be a 1.0 score, where all energy is used for IT equipment and there is no additional waste. A typical data centre’s PUE is 2.0. Cofely Services has designed and met its target of PUE 1.3, which represents a strong performance for a Tier III+ data centre requiring high resilience and redundancies.”