BBVA’s 20,000 square meter (215,000 sq. ft.) data center in Madrid, which includes a computer room that is 1,525 square meters, hosts a large part of the technology infrastructure that supports BBVA’s European operations and manages 52 million daily transactions through 2,000 high range servers.
It is only one of six centers across the world to hold a double Tier IV certification from the Uptime Institute for both its Design Documents and Constructed Facility. This indicates very high levels of availability and positions the data center as one of the most advanced in the world.
Growing demand on technology and infrastructure hosted in the BBVA’s data center increases energy, cooling and space capacity requirements. By providing data on energy consumption, CA ecoMeter allows BBVA to take necessary measures to provide for availability and uptime and increase infrastructure efficiency.
“We designed our data center so that it could support a large growth. We needed a solution that could provide an integrated view—in real time—of data related to the use of energy and other environmental variables. We also needed to have alarms that could alert us to anomalous levels of power demand so that we could avoid failures in the infrastructure,” said Carlos Redondo, manager for CPD Infrastructures for Europe at BBVA. “With accurate information on power, temperature and other variables, we can make better use of our infrastructure and more easily plan capacity, make changes that do not put operations at risk, and increase our energy and carbon efficiency.”
BBVA selected the CA DCIM technology after conducting pilot tests to evaluate capacity and performance through dashboards on energy consumption, thermal maps and alarms, calculations of power usage effectiveness (PUE), historical reports and trend analysis. The solution was implemented in six weeks.
Additionally, the CA Technologies software exchanges data with the imVision intelligent cabling software used by BBVA, and was uploaded with the equipment inventory, so that the organization can collect information on servers as well as the fiber and network devices that connect them. This consolidated view of the infrastructure helps BBVA increase efficiency and improve change management.
“Data centers are more critical for businesses than ever before, and the need for the infrastructure to deliver greater agility, availability and efficiency has intensified”, said Terrence Clark, general manager, DCIM, Energy and Sustainability solutions, CA Technologies. “Leading companies such as BBVA, are increasingly turning to DCIM technology, like CA ecoMeter, to help consolidate and automate the monitoring and management of their data centers across major data center facility and IT systems, enabling them to more effectively leverage data center capacity to achieve business goals.