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System to Perform Problem Determination and Simulation of Responses by Linking Diagnostics Tools from a Physical Datacenter to a 3D Replica in a Virtual World

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000169433D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Apr-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Apr-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The current concept utilizes real-time feeds of information from systems within a physical datacenter, and maps that information to a simulated virtual datacenter within a 3D virtual world. As problems arise within the physical datacenter, users can interact with virtual systems while the simulation continues. The continuation of the simulation is the crux of this idea, and would allow the user to model actions in the physical datacenter without disrupting current operation, therefore saving system downtime by proactively performing service tasks and looking at wider effects of those actions to, for example, linked or clustered systems, HVAC systems, and electrical systems, as well as any possible interactions.

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System to Perform Problem Determination and Simulation of Responses by Linking Diagnostics Tools from a Physical Datacenter to a 3D Replica in a Virtual World

Background


Three-dimensional representations of datacenter environments are becoming more common with the proliferation of virtual world activity and higher fidelity with these worlds. Companies such as IBM and Implenia have invested resources in the creation of virtual datacenters. Real time feeds from HVAC systems are currently being used to simulate hotspots, allowing personnel to react to changes in environments and enabling actions to reduce the datacenter's carbon footprint, etc.

For more information on prior art, see Market Wire's Made in IBM Labs: IBM 3-D Data Centers Show Virtual Worlds Fit for Business (2/21/07) - http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release.do?id=823626

Such solutions appear to be a start in solving more detailed problems in datacenter environments. This article looks to address one such problem: What are the effects of service tasks changes on datacenter environments?

This question is important in that making changes, such as completing services tasks and relocating racks or systems, can lead to downtime and other problematic situations. If the changes are not first simulated or practiced in an effective fashion, such as a virtual environment, unexpected consequences could occur. In current practice, existing simulations in virtual environments are not as effective as real time solutions such as IBM's LightPath Diagnostics and therefore simple representations of systems (such as currently exist) do not provide administrators with powerful information needed to predict effects of future actions.

Overview


The current concept utilizes real-time feeds of information from systems within a physical datacenter, and maps that information to a simulated virtual datacenter within a 3D virtual world. As problems arise within the physical datacenter, users can interact with virtual systems while the simulation continues. The continuation of the simulation is the crux of this idea, and would allow the user to model actions in the physical datacenter without disrupting current operation, therefore saving system downtime by proactively performing service tasks and looking at wider effects of those actions to, for example, linked or clustered systems, HVAC systems, and electrical systems, as wel...