2bm and EkkoSense collaborate in energy efficiency project
Mon 7 Nov 2016
Data centre experts EkkoSense and 2bm have joined in a collaborative effort to accelerate energy efficiency initiatives in data centres in the UK and internationally.
EkkoSense, based on the University of Nottingham’s Innovation Park, is lending its thermal risk management expertise to the project, while 2bm is sharing its build and design insight. Working together the two companies have already achieved an energy cost saving of £11,000 per annum for a client based at the University.
‘2bm is now using our EkkoSoft Critical data centre optimisation software and services – developed by ourselves in Nottingham,’ commented EkkoSense CEO, Dean Boyle.
‘We’re helping them to carry out airflow and cooling assessments as part of their data centre optimisation projects,’ he added.
Boyle explained that the assessment results are helping to guide recommendations on cooling configurations, so customers can save money on energy and reduce operational risk.
‘Data centres are one of the country’s biggest energy consumers, and the services they provide are often business critical – so even small tweaks to the cooling environment can not only save unnecessary energy costs but also reduce risky exposure to downtime,’ he continued.
Jason Preston, director at 2bm, added that beyond the initial success of the joint University customer, there are a number of clients lined up which he expects will immediately benefit from the combined approach.
Writing for The Stack earlier this year, EkkoSense CTO Stu Redshaw discussed the importance of managing thermal risk levels in the data centre. He explained that while the average deployment of cooling equipment remains low, thermal complications, such as overheating, are the root cause of around 29% of unplanned data centre outages – ‘This is unsustainable, both from an economic and environmental perspective.’
Redshaw suggested that once incidences of under-cooling are identified, it is often too late – especially given the length of time to generate and analyse traditional reports. He urged data centre owners to turn to real-time monitoring to mitigate this oversight. ‘Early deployments of 3D real-time models across a number of consultancy engagements have already resulted in impressive results. One leading European data centre alone has achieved a 32% reduction in cooling energy!’