IBM has produced a number of new services aimed at tackling cooling and power problems in data centres. The aim is to help control the problems of energy demand, especially in data centres using high density blade servers.

The services range from helping to identify requirements, current capabilities and capacities to defining the best ways forward. Solutions include clean rooms and green or intelligent buildings, according to Big Blue. More specifically, IBM said the new services comprise:

  • High density computing readiness assessment, which helps gauge a data centre's ability to support high density computing, identifies the potential gaps that could jeopardise continuous operations, and develops a plan to resolve identified problems
  • Thermal analysis for high density computing, which identifies and resolves existing and potential heat-related problems that could create outages, and provides options for power savings and future expansion
  • Integrated rack solution for high density computing, which helps with the design, deployment and management of resilient, flexible racks
  • Data centre global consolidation and relocation enablement, which provides evaluation and plans to help save money via the global consolidation and relocation of data centres
  • Scalable, modular data centre for small and medium-sized businesses, which enables customers to install a new data centre quickly, using modular building blocks. The capability can be installed in nearly any working environment and provides power, cooling, security and monitoring for a turnkey data centre environment.

IBM said it has drawn on the expertise of more than 450 IBM site and facilities experts worldwide, who have designed and built more than 2.8 million square metres of data centre raised floor and more than 400 data centres in its own facilities worldwide, to come up with the new services.

"IBM's Site and Facilities Services team designed and installed a state-of-the-art data centre for our rapidly-growing business," said Rick Siner, director of technical services at Priority Health, a US health plan company. "IBM was very easy to work with. We had access to the exact level of resources that we needed, and now, we have the capacity and infrastructure in place to support future growth, on demand."

"CIOs are facing a power and cooling crisis in their data centres," said IBM VP Steven Sams. "Based on our extensive customer engagements, many data centre facilities need to expand, renovate or relocate to meet capacity and operational needs. IBM has a global team of Site and Facilities Services experts in place to help customers assess their risk, determine a path to success, and implement an optimal solution."

The company said that the services are part of its move into delivering labour-based technology services in a similar manner as more familiar technology products. They are available immediately worldwide from IBM Global Services.