IBM Corp has announced a new line of service offerings to address energy efficiency and cooling issues at clients’ data centers, as part of its new focus on delivering standardized services using a product-oriented approach.
The five new data center services will be delivered from IBM’s site and facilities service division. The first of them is an assessment service to gauge clients’ readiness for high density computing. The second is a thermal analysis service to identify heat problems and power-savings opportunities.
The third is the design and implementation rack technology at their data centers, and the fourth is for consolidating and relocating client’s data centers across IBM sites. The final offering is aimed at small and medium-sized companies and uses modular data center implementation and operation services.
Bret Lehman, director of IBM’s site and facilities services business, said some of the biggest data center issues facing clients right now were power delivery, power distribution and cooling distribution, which all add costs to operations.
However, the problem isn’t that data centers are losing efficiency – quite the opposite, Lehman told Computer Business Review, citing figures from the Uptime Institute. In a given three year period, he explained, performance has outstripping the increase in electrical requirements by threefold.
But despite a surge in performance, power and cooling costs still account for a considerable share of IT budgets. Indeed, analyst group IDC predicts companies’ power and cooling costs for data centers will overtake their hardware costs in 2007, IBM said in a release.
Lehman said the new services will be offered independently or in conjunction with IBM’s cooling products and other data center technology.