Following an airflow audit of a 55-rack data centre at one of the world’s leading universities, we were able to generate large fiscal savings through server room optimisation.

Having undertaken a cooling and airflow optimisation of a 250m² data centre, we advised the university that their operating costs would be reduced by £11,000 per annum (an optimisation saving of 21%).

A further review of the current cooling design by our in-house M&E consultant, measured IT loads against the cooling design and 2bm was able to make additional optimisation recommendations, including the replacement of fixed speed fans with variable speed fans, to produce added savings.

The programme of works delivers a return on investment within 18 months.

At the very minimum, optimising the airflow within a data centre on an annual basis is not only good practice but helps to reduce risk, release capacity and save energy. Increasing the room temperature to the higher limit of the ASHRAE guidelines, relocating floor grilles and UPS batteries, upgrading cooling units and changing the fans are some of changes data centres can make in order to achieve significant cost-saving.

For more information on how data centre optimisation can save you money as well as reduce risk and save energy, call 2bm and book an initial site assessment.