Data Center Energy Efficiency Assessments


Faced with rising operations and energy costs, data center professionals are being challenged with the need to institute energy savings initiatives. These initiatives must also balance the need to maximize the power, space, and cooling capacities of their facilities. Energy efficiency must be monitored within a data center or service room environment if electricity costs and cooling loads are to be managed. A data center energy efficiency assessment can help to identify ways to reduce annual power consumption and reduce 

OPEX operating costs. Many organizations only refresh their critical infrastructure every 10-15 years or more. Over such a time period, energy efficiency improvements can be substantial (20-30% or more) as with the development of modular uninterruptible power supplies and liquid-based cooling solutions.

IDCS Energy Efficiency Assessments services identify opportunities within existing power and cooling systems that will lower your total power usage. We provide programmatic steps that allow you to gain control of your operating environment through the institution of leading energy management processes, systems, software automation, and control technologies.

We have helped clients improve overall site efficiencies, with quantifiable returns on investments, through our Energy Efficiency Assessments. Our recommendations result in the “freeing up” of power from inefficient mechanical and electrical performance in order for your current architecture to have the power and cooling capability to support business growth. By reducing your mechanical and electrical power usage, total facility power usage decreases and improves your data center’s Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) factor.

IDCS can help your data center become more efficient in several strategic areas:

> Diagnose & Measure: 

In an Efficiency Assessment, we concentrate on the mechanical and electrical systems to evaluate their effectiveness and efficiency in current and future use. We evaluate areas for optimization such as:

Thermal Analysis – Measure temperature profile across the rack, row and throughout the data center for compliance with ASHRAE TC9.9 Data Center Power Equipment Thermal Guidelines and Best Practices.

Air Management Measure air flow from the equipment, perforated tiles, ceiling diffusers and cable or miscellaneous floor openings. We’ll provide recommendations for proper hot/cold aisle containment strategies and placement, opening sealing, rack blanking plates, etc.

Cooling Plants Evaluate the base system cooling methodology and operation to determine system energy efficiency and potential improvements.

Free Cooling Evaluate the cooling systems for the incorporation of free cooling methodologies; airside economizer, waterside economizer, evaporative cooling, etc.

UPS Efficiency Evaluate system efficiency ratings based on all mode of operation at existing and full build-out capacities.

Electrical Distribution Review distribution system for excessive losses due to aging equipment, multiple components and transformations, and provide recommendations to optimize layout.

Lighting Review equipment component types and ratings and provide recommendations for equipment upgrades.

Water Usage Review operation of evaporative cooling and humidification system and recommend alternative solutions to reduce water consumption while maintaining data center space environmental conditions.

> Manage:

IDCS ‘s Energy Efficiency Assessments gives customers the resources to control their operating environments. We provide the strategy for instituting leading energy management processes, systems and software automation, and control technologies.

> Monitor:

Implement strategies for energy and water efficiency, and watch your energy costs lower with Ascent’s reporting tools. At the end of our assessment, we will provide you with a report that;

  • Identifies the most significant issues that waste energy in the data center.
  • Presents detailed findings, recommendations for improvements, and estimated savings.
  • Includes a “scorecard” for the data center and its subsystems based on industry standards and best practices.
  • Prioritizes recommendations so that you can focus on those that are most critical or provide the highest return on investment.

Energy Efficiency Assessments Services provide data center managers with the capacity to analyze the power and cooling system to resolve capacity issues, ensure readiness for future growth while understanding how efficiently power is being utilized.