Ask a datacenter manager, “What keeps you up at night?” and be prepared for a long list of concerns. In fact, you’ll likely hear the same litany of nagging issues that linger year over year.

That’s my takeaway from the latest white paper from Server Technology, which identifies datacenter managers’ top 10 concerns. The 2019 list was reminiscent of the previous year’s findings, which is troubling as shouldn’t we have alleviated some pain points by now?

For example, everyone is concerned about power consumption. A decade ago, esteemed Gartner analyst Rakesh Kumar said, “Energy costs are the fastest-rising cost element in the data center portfolio, and yet data center managers are still not paying sufficient attention to the process of measuring, monitoring and modeling energy use.”

Fast forward to 2019 and this problem still persists. The way we see it, the bigger issue is that too little is changing too slowly. While datacenters have continued to grow and evolve in scale and importance, the ability to distribute power more easily and intelligently has faltered. Until now.

The introduction of Software Defined Power (SDP) can dramatically lessen the impact of power infrastructure on each of the top concerns echoed by analysts and datacenter managers, including:

  • Datacenter design
  • Hardware installation and configuration
  • Datacenter operation
  • Datacenter upgrades and retrofits

Bringing in SDP early in the datacenter design process ensures that the last pillar—power—of the much-ballyhooed Software Defined Data Center is in place and virtualized. In addition to driving significant capex cost savings for the initial power profile, SDP can slash demand charges during the most expensive season/day/hour cycles. The result: Opex savings each and every month.

When it comes to the second category, including power infrastructure devices that are enabled with VPS’ Intelligent Control of Energy (ICE) platform introduces peak shaving and dynamic redundancy for improved datacenter power consumption and performance. SDP also adds a layer of automation and intelligence to adjust power distribution and allocation during peak times.

As for operations, existing datacenters that add SDP typically can recapture 20-to-40 percent of stranded power to meet capacity increases without continuing to overprovision and overpay for power. The same holds true during datacenter expansions, upgrades and retrofits.

With SDP, capacity can be expanded on the fly, while also increasing rack density on the existing power infrastructure. Other advantages include improving datacenter resiliency by riding through short-term power outages and increasing business agility with “power aware” workload orchestration.

It’s time to close the endless loop of power capacity-consumption concerns once and for all. Datacenters—whether brownfield or greenfield—share one overarching challenge: Optimal operational control requires software intelligence, real-time visibility and dynamic distribution.

Let’s add SDP and smart energy utilization to the datacenter equation and offer immediate relief to nagging concerns.