How to Measure and Improve your Data Centre’s Energy Efficiency

All IT data centres should be aware of the EU’s code of conduct for data centres, which provides a framework measuring and improving your data centre’s energy efficiency. As part of the UK government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), all data centres in the UK need to be assessed to ensure they meet the set standards.

We’ve put together this post on how to monitor and improve your data centre’s energy efficiency through real-time monitoring and by managing your data centre environment.

A truly green data centre.

How to Measure the Energy Efficiency of your Data Centre

The most effective way to measure your data centre’s energy is to implement a monitoring and reporting strategy. By installing energy monitors in your data centre, you’ll be provided with insights into variables such as the temperatures of your hot aisle and cold aisle systems, your carbon dioxide emissions and your overall energy consumption.

With energy monitors, readings can be taken manually or generated automatically, which can then be used to produce reports through energy and environmental reporting consoles. These reports can show how frequently equipment in your data centre is used, which then enables you to implement management systems to reduce your overall consumption.

How to Improve your Energy Savings

Alongside encouraging behaviour change within your organisation, the way in which your data centre is set up can have a significant impact on your energy usage.

Ideally, your data centre should be planned in such a way that your direct current is spread out across the server, so that any power spikes are distributed evenly over the whole system, reducing their overall impact. Other ways you can improve energy savings include:

  • Reusing waste heat from your data centre to provide additional heating to your office spaces
  • Choosing energy efficient equipment and distribution unites and making use of any energy saving features
  • Using more efficient IT software that doesn’t use as much energy
  • Consider what small changes can be made to reduce power usage, e.g. install energy efficient lightbulbs, heat water using urns instead of kettles etc.

In order to properly manage and improve your data centre’s power usage, you need to install smart software that can manage your whole data centre environment continuously and in real-time.

How to Demonstrate your Energy Savings

Data Centre Management systems like Sensorium can quickly identify where there’s excess energy being used and pinpoint specific areas, departments and even individual servers. Once improvements have been implemented, this holistic approach can then be used to measure the impact of improvements and provide you with real-time and historical data, which can be used as part of the ESOS assessment.

If you choose to take your energy saving efforts to the next level and gain ISO50001 Energy Management System accreditation, management systems like Sensorium will certainly come in useful. To gain accreditation, you’ll need to demonstrate how you use data to improve your energy usage, measure the results and work towards continually improving your energy management processes.

At Secure IT, with every project that we undertake, we are able to report and advise on all areas of Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and Data Centre Infrastructure Efficiency (DCiE). This enables our customers to keep track of their ongoing energy costs and identify ways to reduce them further.

We pride ourselves on keeping up to date with changes in industry guidance, technology and accreditations so that your data centre is as energy efficient as possible.

For more information on how we can help reduce your data centre’s energy consumption, send us an email at enquiries@siteltd.co.uk, or call us on 01983 885 182.

Solihull Council Data Centre Steels

SMBC offload of steels using hiab crane SMBC project - Delivery lorry with steels on SMBC Room area prior to install of steels SMBC steel delivered into room on 1 ton flat trucks SMBC steels in position SMBC steels laid into position within the roomIn roll the steel joists….. The data centre, which is currently being constructed on the mid-level car park at Solihull Council,  has 8 steel pillars which will be attached to the cross member to form the structural load bearing of the mid-level floor. The steel structures sit within the foundations which we created a couple of weeks back on the lower car park. Once the steels are squared up, we will be bolting them together. Another step closer to the data centre completion.

 

 

ESOS Deadline 6 months! Are you ready?

If not, it’s not too late! Our new ‘Sensorium’ product might be all you need to get back on track.

Many Universities in the UK committed to reduce their carbon emissions by 2016 as part of ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme). The deadline for ESOS is only 6 months away and many Universities are still unable to demonstrate, implement and measure energy saving initiatives and as such will not have the information to submit in time.

Your Data Centre could provide part of the solution to this problem. Fitting your DC with the Sensorium modelling system can quickly illustrate where excess energy is being used down to specific departments and even individual servers. The 3D modelling can also assist in making changes to the DC to enable significant energy improvements and then continue to monitor the improvement in energy usage. Providing your organisation with real time and historical data to submit as part of the ESOS paperwork.

Not only that, but Sensorium will pay for itself in the savings you make on improved energy usage.

This highly intelligent software can also provide useful information to assist with ISO50001 Energy Management System accreditation by enabling you to:

1 Fix energy targets and objectives
2 Use data to understand your energy usage
3 Measure the results
4 Continually improve energy management

Sensorium is a cost effective and easy to install bespoke solution for energy monitoring, planning and reporting. Call us now for a FREE energy audit on 01983 885 182 or for more information email enquiries@siteltd.co.uk

How a ModCel Data Centre Can Combat Physical Security Threats

No EntryAt Secure IT, we specialise in designing and building secure I.T. environments in the form of Modular Data Centres. Our modular  data centres and containerised ModCel pods offer benefits that many traditional data centre builds do not.

We take physical security very seriously, so we’ve written this post to provide some guidance on how you can protect your Data Centre against physical security threats, including intruders and terrorism.

Internal CCTV Cameras

Monitoring your data centre’s external surrounding environment is a necessity and we’ve covered this topic before in our post Protect your Data Centre from Physical Security Threats. However, having an internal CCTV security monitoring system is equally as important.

A busy data centre will have visitors on the premises all the time and although having secure access systems in place should prevent intrusion, monitoring your data centre’s  interior will help prevent this further.

At Secure IT, our internal CCTV systems offer 24 hour recorded footage. We also have high definition CCTV cameras that can record colour and thermal images at night time. Our security cameras film at 360 degree angles, ensuring maximum security coverage.

Enhanced Security Access

It goes without saying but your Data Centre needs sophisticated lock mechanisms to prevent against intrusion and threats of terrorism. At Secure IT, our access control products include card-swipe entry systems and FOB keys, so that only staff members can access certain locations within the building.

Many Data Centre’s contain particularly sensitive data, so you may want to consider more advanced security access system. At Secure IT, we also provide more complex systems such as Iris Retina Scanners and Biometric Readers.

Modular Panel Protection

Protecting your Data Centre isn’t just about technology, it’s also about the building itself. At Secure IT, we specialise in building data centres from modular panels which offer the highest protection in and are approved for Government Agency assets against forced attack and bomb blasts to CPNI base and LPS 1175.  These panels also protect against fire and are independently tested to temperatures of over 950 degrees Celsius.  In the case of flooding or water damage from fire extinguishers, our modular panels don’t retain water in the same way as brick and plasterboard, which means a reduction in humidity which in itself can be very damaging to IT equipment. Given the number of terrorist attacks in Europe this year, more customers are looking for the levels of protection that our modular panel can offer. The system is so easy to install that even existing bricks and mortar data centres can be ‘lined’ with our modular panels to offer greater protection for the data centre with minimal disruption.

Whether your modular data centre needs internal or external protection, at Secure IT, we can assist in selecting the right products and systems for your organisation. For more information on how we can help, send us an email at enquiries@siteltd.co.uk, or call us on 01983 885 182.

Stud walling for Solihull Council

The data centre at Solihull Council is starting to take shape. New stud walling has been erected today following the steel pillars being fitted within the ground floor of the car park to support the new DC structure. Ventilation pipes have also been installed as part of the air conditioning and cooling for the new facility. It wont be long before this space is looking much more like a bespoke data centre with full energy efficient infrastructure.SMBC stripped out ventilation ductwork Just a matter of weeks to completion!SMBC Stud partitioning

An evening with @businessgreen awards

1 3 2A fantastic evening had by all at The Business Green Awards last week at The Brewery in East London. It was a great opportunity to spend time with our client Northampton NHS, whose Data Centre project inspired our entry into the awards and secured us a short-listed place for Green IT Project of the Year. Unfortunately, we lost out narrowly to Sudlows this year but it didn’t impair our ability to enjoy the evenings festivities. The impressive judging panel (including Labour and Conservative MPs, Director of corporate and social responsibility at Tesco, Director at UK Green Building Council amongst many others) must have faced some tough decisions across the 22 categories with so many worthy awards to consider.

It was particularly nice to meet companies from a broad range of industries who had been short-listed for various ‘green’ awards during the course of the evening.

Big thank you to our Clients at Northampton NHS for making the award entry possible and to our client at Xerox for sharing the evening with us. We look forward to returning next year! #bgawards #greatnightout

 

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