Data Center & Cloud

Jonathan Leppard


Jonathan Leppard, COO, Future Facilities Ltd.

Jonathan is one of the founding directors of Future Facilities, a company dedicated to solving problems in the data centre and electronics design markets. Established in 2004, the company provides both consultancy services and a new generation of software modules we now call 6SigmaDCX; the leading engineering simulation tool for designers, consultants and owner-operators looking to confidently balance cost and risk. In his early career, Jonathan worked on a number of ground-breaking projects that focused on the validation and acceptance of using CFD (computational fluid dynamics) in a commercial setting within the building industry. From there, he has spent the past 20 years promoting the integration and adoption of CFD throughout many other areas: from offices, health and atria to the high-tech semiconductor, telecommunications, electronics and data centre industries.

The need for a fluid data centre, what that actually means, and the hurdles in achieving this goal.
Maintaining a data center that is reliable and cost efficient, with the agility to accommodate shifting business demands and technological innovation, is a must. But these requirements can pull in opposing directions: focusing on efficiency may compromise flexibility, while adaptability can be inefficient. Such competing forces could have adverse effects on data center performance, andcurrently, this ever-changing business demand (which will always be part of business) is the cause for many under-performing ‘Static’ Data Centres we see today.

So how can operators find the right balance for optimum performance to meet the demands of the business?

This presentation will discuss the biggest blocker to optimum performance in a data centre, namely the ‘decision-making gap’ between IT and Facilities and how we as an industry are starting to close it. i.e. DCIM closing the gap for Data and Process channels. The session will highlight the engineering gap (the physical engineering impact of IT changes), which results in loss of hardware availability, stranded capacity, and loss of cooling efficiency. Or in business terms – Loss of business, wasted CAPEX, increased OPEX. We will propose that a possible solution lies with engineering simulation providing predictive analysis, and the ability to turn any static facility into a future-proofed Fluid Data Centre.