Capacity Management


With an enterprise or organization’s growth during time, the demands for rack space, network, power and cooling capacity of datacenters also increase exponentially. However, unplanned expansion of these assets can lead to waste of resources. Capacity Management is one of the most essential and widely used functions of DCIM software. The core value of this function module is that it can analyze the available rack space, weight, power, network and cooling capacity in the datacenter then recommend the users the most suitable IT devices installation locations. This helps the datacenter managers to evaluate the resource consumption, making it easier for them to plan and decide the future allocation of IT devices.

 

      

 There are four areas to be optimized with Capacity Management function:

  • Rack Space

In a medium or large datacenter, rack space usage status is related to the future allocation of IT devices. Lack of forward planning can lead to the insufficiency of available rack spaces when there is new IT device to be moved in. It could be the previous assets placement that affects the surroundings of rack spaces, making it difficult for new assets to be deployed. The Capacity Management function module of InfraSuite Manager enables the user to make the most of forward planning before the deployment of new IT devices.

  • Network

Network connectivity is an area that tends to be ignored and untracked sometimes in a datacenter. As a matter of fact, a proper management of network ports usage is also important. By implementing the Capacity Management function, port connections in the datacenter can be monitored more properly and efficiently, making it easier for the managers to find the suitable ports when new assets deployed.

  • Power

Energy cost is the most concerned issue in every datacenter. Lack of forward planning for the power energy consumption can lead to critical situations such as inefficient energy utilization. For datacenter managers, a quick identification of power capacity is required. The Capacity Management function module can suggest the datacenter managers the optimal power allocation according to the power capacity of each rack.

  • Cooling

Since the quantity of assets in the datacenter changes over time, the cooling capacity in the datacenter is also need to be adjusted flexibly. Insufficient cooling can lead to hot spots in the datacenter. On the contrary, overcooling the datacenter will cause unnecessary power consumption. By implementing the Capacity Management function, the users can optimize the current cooling environment according to the quantity and density of the IT devices. The RCI (Rack Cooling Index) and RTI (Return Heat Index) are the indicators to be observed for suggesting the optimal deployment of assets.

 

       

 

Advantages


  • Proactively analyze the datacenter rack spaces, weight, power and network usage
  • Suggest optimal allocation of new IT devices according to the current conditions in the datacenter
  • Able to set multiple project plans
  • Capacity plans can be synchronized with current capacity to identify the impact of changes
  • Capacity plans can be transferred to the Work Order function module
  • Capacity plans and analytics can be exported as reports