10 Key Data Center Assessment Metrics – What’s Your Score?

IT delivers applications to users and keeps those users connected to the applications. These applications are deployed in data centers. Data centers comes in all shapes and sizes, but all incorporate elements of power, distribution, cooling, network access; physical, logical, and custodial security.

Data centers are the foundation of the entire IT stack. How they perform governs the customer/user experience. For example, if applications go down because they have not been provisioned with the appropriate level of resiliency, the customer/user experience will suffer as a result.

The performance of a company’s data center infrastructure can be measured in terms of:

1. Latency: The time (in milliseconds) it takes applications to load onto a customer’s or user’s access device

2. Power Costs: Absolute dollars of power expense for digital infrastructure only. Also measured in $ per kWh.

3. Power Usage Efficiency (PUE): Total power consumed by the data center divided by total power delivered to the IT gear. A measure of the efficiency of infrastructure equipment and design.

4. Capacity and Capacity Utilization: Percentage utilization of IT capacity. Utilization of data center capacity, typically expressed as a percentage of total power available.

5. Resiliency: The ability of the system to keep applications connected to users even under adverse conditions such as a power outage or equipment failure

6. Downtime: The total business cost of time lost through data center infrastructure failure, including lost productivity, lost sales, industrial/commercial interruption, etc.

7. Security: Breaches in physical, logical, and custodial security, and the total business cost

8. Sustainability: The impact, in terms of carbon footprint, for deploying, operating, and de-commissioning digital infrastructure

9. Deployment and Provisioning Speed: The time it takes to deliver new data center capacity, and the time it takes to turn up new servers and other IT gear, and to assign them with the appropriate data center resources

10. Total Value of Ownership: Both the cost and revenue components of digital infrastructure. Incorporates not only cost, but the ability of the data center infrastructure to enable achievement of financial and strategic objectives, or, conversely, the degree to which that attainment is inhibited

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