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New survey reports that cooling is failing data centres

Wed 26 Apr 2017

A new survey from thermal risk experts EkkoSense, has claimed that 66% of installed cooling equipment in data centres is failing

The survey covered 128 UK data centre halls and more than 16,500 racks. It claims to be the biggest and the most accurate survey of data centre cooling.

Thermal issues are said to be the main cause of data centre outages – with a statistic of 39%. Taking that into consideration, the survey found that UK data centres are collectively achieving “poor levels” of cooling utilisation. On average, 66% of installed cooling equipment in the country’s data centres are not delivering active cooling benefits.

EkkoSense has claimed that the reason for poor thermal compliance across data centres is down to poor management of airflow and a failure to actively monitor and report rack temperatures. The survey also discovered that under 5% of data centre Mechanical & Electrical teams in the country currently monitor and report temperature on an individual rack-by-rack basis. Additionally, even less carry out formal cooling resilience tests.

EkkoSense’s head of operations James Kirkwood said that the fact that thermal issues still account for almost a third of unplanned data centre outages suggests that the 35% of energy consumption that operators are currently spending on cooling simply isn’t doing the job it needs to. “Our ongoing survey into UK data centre cooling clearly shows that, despite their continued reliance on new and more expensive cooling equipment, data centres aren’t doing enough to reduce the risk to the business that unplanned outages inevitably bring.”

It’s clear that organisations have a long way to go if they’re to successfully achieve their thermal compliance goals.”


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