With the opening of its first US office in San Jose, California, Future Facilities aims to better support IT vendors develop cooling methodologies for their products and reduce the risk of thermal shutdowns. Future Facilities is the first company to develop specialised Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software and consultancy services specifically for the data centre sector. Uniquely, its 6Sigma DC application is effective throughout the facility lifecycle from design to operations and upgrade.
“The ability to power and cool IT equipment and ensure its availability is the biggest issue facing the owners and operators of data centres and mission critical facilities. This problem has become particularly acute as companies have increased their use of high density equipment such as blade servers,” says Hassan Moezzi, one of the founders of Future Facilities Limited, a UK-based company which is using its extensive CFD experience in to resolve the problem.
Moezzi continues, “our 6Sigma DC 3-D data centre modelling software and consultancy services have already gained a great deal of traction with facility designers because they reduce risk when designing new facilities as well as when upgrading existing space. Most business is highly dependent on IT services and it is no longer satisfactory to cross fingers and hope that a data centre design will prove effective. The stakes are simply too high.”
“Uniquely, 6Sigma DC software can be used at every stage in the engineering lifecycle from facility design to ongoing operations and maintenance. The application facilitates the creation of 3-D data centre designs which can be used to model the effectiveness of various layouts and infrastructure set-ups using this Virtual Facility©. The software features fully characterised libraries of equipment which allows hardware vendors to communicate directly with facility operators. Once a design has been adopted and built in the real world, the software continues to be a powerful tool for maintaining operational effectiveness as inventory changes and equipment is upgraded.”
Moezzi continues “because 6Sigma DC provides the missing link between chip/ hardware design and facility design – it uses the same CFD concept which is used to model airflow around devices and optimise cooling – Future Facilities has been increasingly working with major equipment vendors including Dell and HP. It is therefore vital for the company to locate our first US office in close proximity to Silicon Valley, which remains the centre for development in the IT world.”
The man who will spearhead the North American operation for Future Facilities Inc., is Sherman Ikemoto who brings to the company 15 year’s experience working with chip designers and using CFD applications to model cooling strategies for electronic and electro-mechanical devices. He is joined by Akhil Docca as Engineering Services Manager.
Sherman Ikemoto said “the component and systems industry has traditionally invested a great deal of time, care and expense to ensure that its products are adequately cooled. However, as microprocessors have become more powerful, they have also consumed more energy and created more heat. This has become a real challenge for those that manage data centre environments where thermal shutdowns can prove catastrophic for revenue and reputation.”
Ikemoto continues “unsurprisingly, questions have been raised by this important user community as to why the IT industry is not providing better guidance regarding cooling when implementing high density equipment such as pizza box and blade servers. The relationship between Future Facilities and major equipment vendors demonstrates an industry determined to help its customers achieve more predictable and lower risk IT operations.”
Future Facilities will be providing sales, marketing and technical engineering support from its San Jose office. In addition to its work with equipment vendors, the company also plans to provide CFD consultancy to data centre designers and operators.
For more details please email Sherman Ikemoto at email@example.com or call Damien Wells at Spa Communications on +44 (0) 7900 302102
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