The True Cost of Data Center Over-Provisioning

Earlier this week, Future Facilities released some interesting findings based on a study they recently commissioned. The bottom line: there is a lack of Data Center capacity planning, and, in many cases, organizations are not prepared to meet the growing challenges that IT and Facilities face from increased rack densities and other factors.

The study indicates that 85% of those surveyed have experienced downtime or outages within the last twelve months. These outages cost an average of $150,619.

Additionally, the study goes on to highlight that 90% of the organizations compromised capacity planning at least some of the time due to imprecise data about IT equipment and performance. More than 2 in 5 believe they could make better planning decisions if they received quality data through tools such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

For many years, DSI has been helping customers with capacity issues through the deployment of Modular Data Centers. Modular Data Centers are designed to meet all the basic needs of a Data Center and can cost 20-30% less to build than a standard Data Center. Considering that modular solutions do not necessarily need to be oversized in anticipation of future growth, the modular solution can instead be configured to enable future modules as the business requires. Additionally, with Modular Data Centers, the individual components and the building process are standardized.

You can read more of our thoughts on Modular Data Centers in Phil Rafferty’s piece at Facility Executive.

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