Q9's capacity reservation approach separates a customer's requirements for data centre capacity (based on the aggregate peak power demand of their computing hardware) from the data centre's power and cooling delivery systems (physical space, power circuits and cooling capacity). This innovative model for reserving capacity ensures that each customer receives their full share of a given data centre's key resources (space, power and cooling) in a way that is matched to their individual requirements. At the same time, it ensures that customers cannot encroach on each other's reserved capacity.
A significant side benefit of this model is that it provides a direct economic benefit to customers who make efficient use of a data centre's power and cooling resources. For example, as customers upgrade from older technology to more efficient hardware, their cost for data centre capacity per computing cycle goes down.
To help Q9 customers leverage their reserved data centre capacity, we provide them with comprehensive power monitoring and reporting services. These reporting tools summarize their peak power demand in a given data centre on both an aggregate and detailed circuit level basis.