The Deadlock of Data Center Evaluation Solved With New Metrics

CIOReview Team | Saturday, 06 June 2015, 07:18 IST

Computing the value of hardware and data centers were not an easy task but the team at Time Warner Cables, a Telecommunication Company has come up with their own unique solution to this problem. The company which manages around 260 data center hubs across the U.S. has created a unique metric system based on the usage level of the customer. These hubs cover internet access, telephone and traditional cable TV of everyone from company services to residential, business and commercial customers. Measuring efficiency of hardware and data centers was hard all the time because in most cases there were multiple applications deployed. But this particular metric system works on the principle of ‘watts per customer’. Metric works more powerfully in small data centers. The reason attributed is bigger data centers, which are not limited to serving a set number of customers in specific area while the other is more customer centric. This metric also serves as a signal to spot equipment that is idle or radically under capacity. Moreover the metric successfully identifies hardware that is outdated and requires replacement. Ryan Capone, Director, Critical Infrastructure, NYC & Northeast Markets at the company, said that his team set a baseline for using specific amount of watts per customer in its hub data centers. “When the facility's power-to-customers-served ratio is above that baseline, its efficiency gets reviewed,” reports Yevgeniy Sverdlik for DatacenterDynamics. The baseline was fixed after evaluating the information collected from the data center network for over 18 months. It was found that the centers in densely populated and urban areas like New York performed more efficiently than those of remote areas. The new standard of measurement for data center was presented for at the DatacenterDynamics Converged conference in New York.