Knowledge is power with the following data centre audits and room assessments. When you understand how something works, you understand how to make it better.
Airflow and cooling optimisation
Are you challenged with optimising the cooling environment of your server room or data centre?
With thermal risks such as over-heating accounting for 29% of unplanned data centre outages, it is essential to have a structured thermal approach to minimise the risk.
Is your data centre too hot?
If your data centre is too hot critical equipment could be at risk from prolonged exposure to high temperatures. By removing a room’s hot spots, all IT systems can be placed within ASHRAE recommended ranges and thermal compliance can be achieved.
Is your data centre too cold?
The bad habit of over-coolig needs to be broken, especially as figures show cooling accounting for 35% of overall data centre energy consumption.
If your data centre is too cold this means that cooling and airflow is not optimised, resulting in overcooling and high energy usage.
Is your data centre within ASHRAE recommendations?
If so, did you know that airflow optimisation could still save you 20% in cooling energy?
Phase 1: room assessment
2bm routinely perform computer room airflow and cooling assessments, and this is the initial stage in the data centre optimisation process.
The process includes a range of data gathering activities throughout the technical spaces of the site, including taking non-invasive surface temperatures of IT and plant equipment, humidity measurements, dimensions of equipment, airflow measurements and recording cooling and power plant data from displays and equipment specification plates. 3D mapping of the critical space and recordings of key dimensions are also taken, as well as a full environmental sweep which comprises taking measurements of grille airflow and temperature, inlet temperature and AHU/ CRAC data.
Following the survey, a report will be issued detailing all the results and thermal images. This allows the data centre operator to fully understand and quantify the risk, capacity and energy profile of their critical space. The findings form the basis of an optimisation delivery plan; and provide a useful catalyst for implementing changes to save both energy and costs.
An example of this report can be found at the bottom of this page.
Phase 2: optimisation
After gaining an insightful overview via the room assessment in phase 1, the next (optional) step is to perform a thorough and in-depth optimisation exercise to improve the airflow balance of the room.
The benefits of the optimisation process are three-fold:
- Remove risk; advanced software systems and expert knowledge of critical infrastructure will enable you to predict and stop failures before they occur;
- Energy reduction; combining software tools, data analytics and expert services we can optimise energy consumption across a variety of applications;
- Release capacity; innovative sensors and data analytics to identify inefficiencies and remove the requirement for additional capital spend.
The unique and proven optimisation process to enhance a site’s thermal performance removes hot and cold spots within the room to ensure thermal compliance, and the immersive software and innovative sensors allow for an informed insight of the facility’s thermal performance in real time.
Non-intrusive monitoring, resilience testing and the installation of a thermal camera to allow energy usage to be broken down and analysed at cabinet level.
Energy usage can be broken down to be analysed at cabinet level due to a thermal camera, and before and after pictures are sent from site every day in a daily report. In addition, a thermal certificate is handed over to ensure it is safe to put further equipment in.
After the programme of works is completed, 2bm anticipate that 10-40% savings can be made on cooling costs alone.
Savings can be realised from old legacy facilities, to advanced legacy sites to state of the art data centres; with an average investment pay back achieved within 1.2 years.
There is even scope to save energy post containment!
The 2bm Report has been designed to give your data centre a health check and provide you with answers to help pinpoint the complexities, the pitfalls, the benefits and the solutions; monitoring and reviewing your system in every detail to make sure it works even harder for you.
2bm’s team of specialists will look at all aspects of power, cooling, security, maintenance, fire suppression, cabinet infrastructure and the environment in general.
The report will address all aspects of your current facility, providing you with the following:
- Critical statistics including power consumption, temperature and humidity figures
- Identify any ‘quick wins’ in order to improve efficiency, reduce operating costs and decrease CO2 levels
- Suggest practical improvements with associated costs and return on investment projections
- Advise on current regulations and data centre best practice as endorsers of the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres
- Identify any management processes which may need to be addressed or improved
Armed with the information above the 2bm Room Report will empower you with the information you need to make informed decisions to improve your data centre.
To read recent success story which resulted off the back of a computer room audit and room report, read the Nottingham City Council case study here.