CA Technologies inks Facebook global datacentre deal

Facebook worked with CA to create a custom solution to deliver on the energy-related DCIM requirements

CA Technologies has struck a deal with Facebook to provide datacentre infrastructure management software for the social media giant’s 728 million users.

Facebook is using CA’s Datacentre Infrastructure management software to bring together millions of energy-related data points from physical and IT resources in its global datacentres to improve power efficiency.

According to a joint company statement, Facebook conducted an intensive DCIM vendor review process.

CA was one of a dozen considered and completed a proof-of-concept, followed by a more extensive pilot in a 100,000-square-foot datacentre.

Upon completion of the pilot, Facebook worked with CA to create a custom solution to deliver on the energy-related DCIM requirements, in terms of technology innovation and CA’s ability to execute with speed and scalability, as well as working with Facebook to adjust and fine-tune associated business objectives.

Facebook VP, infrastructure datacentres, Tom Furlong, said the company was on a mission to help connect the world and IT infrastructure was core to the company’s success.

“We are continually looking at ways to optimise our datacentres and bringing all of our energy-related information together in one spot was a core requirement,” he said.

Facebook presented initial results of the Facebook and CA DCIM implementation at the Open Compute Project Summit 2014.

CA Technologies senior vice president, infrastructure management, Terrence Clark, said: “every single day, 728 million actively use Facebook and expectations around quality of service, availability and reliability are extremely high. This places significant demands on the IT infrastructure with little room for error or costly inefficiencies."

As a result, it is a top priority for Facebook’s IT and facilities teams to know as much as they can about how their infrastructure is performing from a power and cooling standpoint, where potential problems might lie with energy-related systems and where there are opportunities for associated cost savings.

He said Facebook’s IT team could now bring this energy-related data into their broader DCIM system for an even more complete view of overall system status.

“They can then analyse all of the data in aggregate to make decisions to improve efficiency and reduce costs, while delivering a seamless customer experience and creating new opportunities for innovation,” he said.