With costs continuing to spiral, the optimisation of a data centre’s infrastructure is under the spotlight like never before. For those responsible for managing the facility, it is critical to take control of energy usage in order to guarantee efficiency and availability – today and tomorrow – whilst being mindful of both the organisation and its environment.
The process of developing smarter data centres starts with developing an advanced understanding about the way that resources are used – and the way that those resources are managed. The efficient management of energy costs starts with the accurate measurement and centralised monitoring of energy consumption, across the entire estate.
Smart connections provide a global view
By integrating smart technology within a data centre’s infrastructure, it is possible to develop an unparalleled understanding of sites, buildings and processes. This new connectivity – combined with a universal view of operating parameters - enables a reduction in energy consumption, costs and emissions and makes the deployment of resources more efficient.
The status of key operating parameters can be tracked in real time, delivering a greater degree of agility and accuracy – both virtual and physical anomalies can be addressed rapidly, in turn achieving maximum uptime and reduced operating expenditure.
Critical buildings and facilities – and the data centres that they house – need to deliver tangible cost savings by identifying efficiency opportunities in order to justify their share of internal resource; solutions are available today that converge the latest digital technology with the world of energy to minimise energy consumption and emissions, optimise equipment lifespan and ensure total reliability. The most advanced systems will help to reduce the cost of the measuring point for new or existing installations, reduce the configuration and integration time and, of course, improve performance levels.
As new equipment is added to a rack within a data centre, the result is often that contracted supply ratings are exceeded which, in turn, causes an outage or a loss of redundancy. Having an inbuilt monitoring system will provide the precise capacity and load of each rack, allowing data centre managers to make informed decisions – resulting in an uninterrupted performance. It is also helpful to ensure you choose a power distribution solution which offers a monitoring system which can display each phase current and power in real time, perform alarm functions and can even be operated remotely if required as this will provide maximum flexibility 24/7.
Optimisation – designed-in
The ongoing advances in smart building technology and, specifically, the modernisation of data centre infrastructure, are continuous – and smart data centre managers should design their facility with this in mind.
A building block approach – based on a data centre’s precise mandate – is a vital enabler of a highly responsive, optimised environment. Flexible design means that the system can expand and contract according to the organisation’s requirements – without impacting other elements of the system. Furthermore, this means that today’s data centre managers can combine scalability, and the ability to add components and update firmware in line with ever changing business needs, with the resiliency and robustness of proven technology.
Location, location, location
This granular level of monitoring is particularly beneficial for co-location facilities whose environments and client base are continually evolving, resulting in the need for service providers to remain continually vigilant if they are to manage the distribution of power effectively. Conversely, systems that are using lower levels of power can be consolidated resulting in improved energy efficiency resulting by association to lower operating costs for either the provider or end user.
A new level of performance
One such system, which has been designed to meet this demand, is the Socomec Diris Digiware. The system is a fully digital, multi-circuit plug and play measurement concept, with a common display for multi-circuit systems. Digiware is notable for its compactness and speed of installation, particularly for retro-fits on existing power infrastructure. To date, it probably provides the industry’s most accurate and effective metering, measurement and monitoring of electrical energy quality. Its full scalability makes it capable of monitoring thousands of connection points.
Socomec’s Diris Digiware system offers an accuracy of class 0.5 to IEC61557-12 from 2% to 120% of the current sensor primary rating. In relation to data centre racks, this means that a 63A current sensor monitoring a load of a few amps is operating within its defined range – providing the user with certainty regarding system accuracy. By taking steps to monitor and manage energy usage, therefore improving efficiency, we can achieve an optimised data centre operation.
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