Data Centres Blog Series
Two of the primary elements to consider when optimizing your Data Centre for maximum uptime and efficiency, while minimizing costs are; controlling your operational expenditure (OpEx) and capital expenditure (CapEx). This is a continuous process of identifying the major components driving your costs, using the most efficient systems, and consistently commissioning your Data Centre.
Data Centre efficiency models have been designed to predict the energy efficiency variables of different Data Centres. The most efficient model is usually an overall design plan where the most suitable components are selected, configured, deployed, and managed in such a way that their energy consumption is minimized while delivering the services that are required by the Data Centre.
The process of achieving a highly efficient Data Centrewith minimal costs and optimal savings starts in the design phase. Proportional losses occur due to heat dissipation and are directly related to the size of the load. On the other hand, fixed losses remain constant and depend on the IT Infrastructure, irrespective of how much current is running through your uninterrupted power supply.
Since you cannot eliminate energy loss, a rightsizing approach is crucial for achieving an energy-efficient Data Centre. If a Data Centre’s energy infrastructure is too large, fixed losses become an unnecessary contributor to the total electricity consumption.
The energy savings potential for an efficient Data Centre is significant! As much as 50% of a Data Centre’s energy bill is due to infrastructure (power & cooling equipment).
Efficiency savings are both related to financial capital expenses (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx) as well as the environmental savings in carbon emissions. It’s also important to consider the substantial savings in reduced assets, Data Centre construction expenses, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Ultimately, selecting a rightsized approach during the design, construction, and selection of your Data Centre components can substantially reduce your overall costs.
Through the evaluation of your electrical system performance, you can substantially increase your availability, energy savings, and Data Centre components’ life span. You can also manage significant challenges before they cause business disruption in your Data Centre. This can range from defective components and connections to gaps in equipment maintenance.
Another factor is adhering to safety standards and regulations. This can help maintain a safe work environment while preventing costly expenses in replacing damaged equipment or unnecessary fines or penalties that could ultimately lead to delays and productivity losses.
By consistently assessing your electrical systems while maintaining workplace safety and regulatory compliance, you can build a cost-effective risk mitigation strategy that will improve the reliability and availability of your Data Centre.
In an average Data Centre, cooling systems account for 38 percent of the total energy consumption. The right approach to thermal efficiency management can considerably decrease your power costs, maintenance expenses, and spending on replacing the damaged infrastructure.
The first step in reducing any unnecessary thermal-related costs is pinpointing and correcting issues like hot spots and airflow problems. From there, you can deploy variable speed technologies, such as variable speed drives (VSDs) & electrically commutated (EC) fans, and closely match your cooling output with your IT Load.
When you automate the cooling fan speed, you stop consuming energy for overcooling, which your IT equipment does not need. By adding intelligent controls, you can synchronize your cooling units to eliminate dis-coordination where one unit may cool while the other heats.
Addressing situations that cause preventable energy loss while efficiently directing power where it’s needed can dramatically reduce your energy costs without impacting your availability.
A power system failure at a single stage can create failures and potentially damage the entire Data Centre ecosystem. This means considerable and often irreparable damage to assets and infrastructure. This results in business discontinuity, application downtime, information loss, and ultimately damages your brand or reputation.
Depending on the industry vertical, research has indicated that a single hour of downtime can disrupt sales and affect productivity, leading to a 6 to 8-figure loss.
The aim of these efficiency principles, technologies, and assessments is to ultimately provide you with a profitable Data Centre, tailor-made to suit your needs and business continuity objectives. This can be accomplished by reducing your expenses in unnecessary infrastructure, easily preventable damages, fines, or wasted energy.
At MVP Tech, we offer Turnkey Modular Data Centre solutions throughout the entire project lifecycle and at each stage of development. We deploy and integrate all critical infrastructure components, IT servers and racks, network infrastructure, software, physical security, environmental monitoring, precision cooling systems, and power solutions.
Our solutions are supported by the world’s leading Data Centre hardware and software manufacturing powerhouses, which meet the most demanding international efficiency, profitability, safety, and security standards.
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