IDC Announces New Data Center Metric
Evaluating data center capabilities can be incredibly challenging, especially when dealing with virtual infrastructure, cloud computing and other technologies that complicate hardware on rack shelves.
To resolve this issue, IDC recently released a new metric designed to evaluate the capabilities of a data center configuration so they can be compared to other potential setups.
The new Qualified Performance Indicator is key, according to IDC, because growing trends toward data center migration, consolidation and expansion are leading to more new purchases in the industry. Therefore, data center managers need to be able to define the capabilities of their current data center establishment accurately and compare that to new systems they are considering.
“With its new Server Decision Suite and QPI metrics, IDC can assist various parties to compare and analyze server technologies and associated services,” said Brian Clarke, vice president of Pricing Evaluation Services for IDC.
Such metrics as the QPI tool are key in an industry that is becoming extremely competitive. Currently, the data center sector is so competitive that states are aggressively pursuing new projects. Recently, officials from Virginia sent a robust recruiting package to a company planning a new data center on the same day that Washington removed incentives for the project, the Everett Herald reports.