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• Recognise that both over- cooling and under-cooling are equally problematic when it comes to managing your datacentre’s thermal performance. The key to successful risk management is getting the balance right.

operators with an intuitive, holistic 3D real-time view of their environment.

What does this mean in practice? Seeing their own datacentre environment’s physical and thermal dynamics in a realistic 3D real-time view means that datacentre operators can quickly establish exactly where they are currently under-cooling or over-cooling. They get to find out what’s happening now, not what it was like last week or last month – and that gives them the ability to move quickly to fix issues before they actually become a problem.


MANAGEMENT Having access to such information can also help organisations in terms of taking a much more pro-active approach to datacentre energy management. Instead of managing capacity based on legacy data they can now make physical planning decisions in minutes, and accurately plan new configurations prior to implementation. They can also secure business benefits in terms of better control of their datacentre energy bills and capacity optimisation, while still significantly reducing their data centre thermal risk levels.


PERFORMANCE It’s an approach that’s already

generating benefits for a number of organisations. IT and telecommunications provider Daisy Group, for example, is already using our EkkoSoft Critical real-time 3D technology to manage its critical datacentre facilities. The solution has already helped to reduce energy costs at one of Daisy’s key UK datacentres by 19% - securing ROI in under a year. Daisy is now extending the project across its other data centres.

“Equipment overheating is still the root cause of around 29% of

unplanned outages.”

Another leading European datacentre deployed the technology to achieve a 32% reduction in cooling energy, while our latest airflow and cooling optimisation engagement for a co-location data centre client saw EkkoSense removing all the datacentre’s hot spots while simultaneously securing a record cooling energy reduction of 37%.

What’s clear is that this kind of real time thermal visualisation is set to provide a step-change improvement in performance – not just in terms of datacentre risk management but also through direct bottom line savings. DATACENTRE MANAGEMENT | 17

• Take advantage of innovative technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) in building your datacentre monitoring strategy – IoT-enabled devices are super quick to install, generate immediate readings, and connect wirelessly to allow operators to monitor thermal instabilities right across the datacentre.

• 3D thermal monitoring is the only way to gain a true perspective of physical and thermal dynamics across the whole datacentre. With cooling now accounting for 35% of overall datacentre energy consumption, we need to apply this kind of innovative technology if we’re to succeed in operating in a more sustainable way.

• Don’t ignore the benefits of integrating datacentre thermal optimisation within your broader Building Energy Management strategy – make sure your thermal monitoring integrates with required Modbus protocols.

• Adopt a continuous optimisation strategy – regular thermal assessments help organisations to keep on making the most of their cooling assets as part of an ongoing standards compliance management approach.

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