IBM has today brought out new services aimed at tackling cooling and power problems in data centres with the aim of helping to control the problems of energy demand, especially in data centres using high-density blade servers.

"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 services range from helping to identify requirements, current capabilities and capacities to defining the best ways forward. And solutions include clean rooms and ‘green’ or ‘intelligent’ buildings.

More specifically, IBM said the new services comprise:

  • A high-density computing readiness assessment, which helps gauge a data centre's ability to support such computing requirements. It identifies the potential gaps that could jeopardise continuous operations and develops a plan to resolve identified problems
  • Thermal analysis for high-density computing, to identify and resolve existing and potential heat-related problems that could create outages, providing options for power savings and future expansion
  • An 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, to evaluate and plan money-saving strategies
  • A new scalable, modular data centre for small to medium-sized businesses that enables quick installation, using component building blocks. IBM claims it is suitable in nearly any working environment, providing power, cooling, security and monitoring for a turnkey data centre environment

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