Facebook to use CA technologies in its global data centres
By Digital News Asia February 3, 2014
- CA to drive improvements in one of the most demanding IT environments in the world
- Facebook’s IT team can now bring together energy-related data for more complete view
CA Technologies said that Facebook Inc is using CA DCIM (CA Data Centre Infrastructure Management) software to bring together millions of energy-related data points from physical and IT resources in its global data centres.
Facebook conducted an intensive DCIM vendor review process, CA said in a statement, adding that was one of a dozen considered and completed a proof-of-concept, followed by a more extensive pilot in a 100,000 sq ft data centre.
Upon completion of the pilot, Facebook worked with CA to create a custom solution to deliver on the energy-related DCIM requirements today and in the future.
“We are on a mission to help connect the world, and our IT infrastructure is core to our success,” said Tom Furlong, vice president of Infrastructure Data Centres at Facebook.
“We are continually looking at ways to optimise our data centres and bringing all of our energy-related information together in one spot was a core requirement,” he added.
Facebook presented initial results of the Facebook and CA DCIM implementation at the Open Compute Project Summit 2014.
“Every single day, 728 million people actively use Facebook and expectations around quality of service, availability and reliability are extremely high,” said Terrence Clark, senior vice president, Infrastructure Management, CA Technologies.
“This places significant demands on the IT infrastructure with little room for error or costly inefficiencies.
“As a result, it is a top priority for Facebook’s IT and facilities teams to know as much as they can about how their infrastructure is performing from a power and cooling standpoint, where potential problems might lie with energy-related systems, and where there are opportunities for associated cost savings.
“Facebook’s IT team can now bring this energy-related data into their broader DCIM system for an even more complete view of overall system status.
“They can then analyse all of the data in aggregate to make decisions to improve efficiency and reduce costs, while delivering a seamless customer experience and creating new opportunities for innovation,” Clark claimed.
CA DCIM provides a web-based centralised solution for monitoring power, cooling and environmentals across facilities and IT systems in the data centre, as well as managing the use of space and lifecycle of assets which make up the data centre infrastructure, CA said.
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