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C A S E S T U DY CASE STUDY 01 COMPANY NAME: World Bank HEADQUARTERS: Washington, DC, USA INDUSTRY: Banking and Investments PRODUCTS AND SERVICES: Financial and Technical assistance to developing countries around the world EMPLOYEES: 10,000+ WEBSITE: DATA CENTER ENVIRONMENT With 120 offices worldwide, World Bank is the leading global institution providing loans to developing countries for capital programs. They have five data centers, with a total of approximately 30,000 square feet of white space. One of the data centers is a colocation facility, and the rest are leased or owned by the organization. The content of the data center environments is "fairly aged" from five to nearly twenty years old, and the assets "run the gamut" when it comes to manufacturers. ASSESSING THE CHALLENGES One of the biggest goals World Bank had for its data centers was consolidation – beginning with five facilities, they wanted to end up with just two. Because they lacked a dependable Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution, their assets were of a variety of ages and origins and the information they desperately needed to begin the consolidation process and run their data centers more efficiently was difficult to gather. Questions regarding capacity planning, workflow integration, asset management, power costs and real-time temperature were almost impossible to answer. Specifically in their colo facility, they wanted to be able to bill more accurately, in addition to gaining an easy way to prove they were meeting or exceeding Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Before Nlyte, World Bank used a combination of CAD drawings, a "home grown" database and spreadsheets to track changes in their data centers. They used the tools that were available to them, but not specific to data center infrastructure, so there was no SLA management included. The process was "cumbersome" and couldn't identify bottlenecks. Planning for people, budget, project timing and changes took too long and included an unacceptably large margin of error of 25%. NLYTE DELIVERS CONSOLIDATION WITH CONFIDENCE Since consolidation was important to World Bank, the first job of Nlyte's DCIM solution, Nlyte Enterprise, was to track assets and their power draw. With Nlyte Enterprise's Asset Lifecycle Management, along with BMC Remedy Change Management system, the customer is now able to track assets all through their usable life, from when the hardware enters the building to when they are retired, or "Dock to Decom". With real-time power and space monitoring at the cabinet level, consolidation can be achieved without the fear of overload, and budget planning and future physical facility planning are made easier. Both power and space capacity can be discovered and used to their fullest, while assets can be placed more quickly and with more confidence. World Bank expects to consolidate five data centers into two, representing a square footage consolidation of about 8 to 1, making its facilities much leaner and more efficient. "Nlyte has allowed us to move forward with a consistent application, a consistent voice, and a consistent representation of what we want our data center reporting to be." Frank Butler Senior Project Officer of Data Center, World Bank

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