6 Zone™ Methodology bridges the gap between IT and facilities
The unprecedented growth of the “Internet of Things” along with virtualization and consolidation of converged systems is increasing the demands of power, cooling, and capacity. To proactively mitigate risks associated with these demands, additional granular data from physical infrastructure systems is needed as well as information that traditionally is provided by building management systems (BMS).
To truly understand operational efficiencies such as power usage effectiveness (PUE) metrics and to be able to act upon that information, there needs to be greater comprehension of the interdependencies of the distinct operational areas, or “zones,” within facilities and data centers.
Zoning in on energy and physical infrastructure efficiency
Our logical, systematic 6 Zone™ Methodology bridges the gap between IT and facilities by partitioning the physical infrastructure of a building into distinct “zones” numbered 1 through 6, increasing in granularity from point-of-entry (Zone 1 – Building Point-of-Entry) down to the individual servers or devices within data center cabinets (Zone 6).
Each zone is then assessed using the system data that is being monitored, captured, and processed by SmartZone™ Solutions deployed at different points of zone operations (i.e., utility meters, chiller units, switch boards, individual power outlets, and more) throughout the data center or facility.
The Panduit 6 Zone™ Methodology allows for assessment, discovery and understanding of all existing and potential physical infrastructure systems, including power/energy, communications, security, and connectivity. More importantly, this approach assures that the dependencies across zones are identified and considered when developing holistic, actionable energy and physical infrastructure management strategies for:
• Making and sustaining reductions in energy consumption
• Improving capacity performance
• Increasing resiliency and mitigating risk
• Reducing operating costs
Panduit 6 Zone™ Methodology
The Zone methodology allows IT and facilities professionals to work together to understand and manage infrastructure costs more efficiently by providing a level of granularity and relevance, moving from a broad understanding of incoming utility usage for an entire building at the point of entry (Zone 1) to a granular and precise understanding of utilization at the individual device (Zone 6).
Zone 2 takes responsibility for monitoring the power distribution circuits on the main switchboard to capture the total power consumption of all downstream loads, including universal power supply (UPS), computer room air conditioner (CRAC), chillers, air handling unit (AHU), and lighting circuits feeding the data center as well as the rest of the building.
Intelligent instrumentation collects trend and spot data for all outgoing circuits to enable detailed reporting on capacity and change analysis across multiple timeframes whether daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually. This provides a breakdown of the entire power infrastructure with granular analysis of historic and actual consumption of individual circuits. Data is also provided on the status of the back-up generators, including availability, capacity, and fuel levels.
Monitoring in Zone 4 provides IT and energy managers with the breakdown of the power infrastructure feeding the cabinets and free standing equipment within the data center. Trend and spot data for phase balancing and power draw by circuit is collected via Modbus or Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). As in the previous zones, granular reporting enables detailed capacitive and change analysis across multiple timeframes.
Overlaying all of this information into consolidated reports provides holistic views and accurate information to continuously improve Power Usage Effectiveness/Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency (PUE/DCIE).
Cabinet-level monitoring offers the potential for supplying detailed information to IT and facility managers about power, environmental and physical security. Intelligent PDUs collect true RMS volts, amps, kW. kVA, kWhr, Power Factor (PF) and Frequency (Hz) to deliver trend and spot data for individual power strips in a cabinet. Capacity reports offer the opportunity to identify power, temperature, and space capacity on a cabinet, aisle containment, row, or room basis.
In Zone 6, device-level monitoring and reporting on individual IT assets within the cabinet is performed using intelligent per outlet control power device units (PDUs). Extensive “drill-down” reporting on asset and characteristics is provided, including network connectivity and power/energy consumption by location/department/customer and the server hardware/manufacturer. This enables detailed information on cost/total cost of ownership (TCO) per asset as well as highly accurate billing data on a per-outlet basis. Automated connectivity patch field management also streamlines remote site network management by facilitating guided moves, adds, and changes without a trained operator.
Monitoring this zone allows IT managers to understand and manage the availability and performance of individual IT assets and devices. Monitoring the power draw of all active equipment at a socket level provides trend and spot data to enable IT management to calculate TCO as well as compare the performance of different manufacturers on an energy cost and performance basis.