Interxion has revealed that it has successfully reduced its cooling system energy consumption by a massive 20% during year one of an ongoing project.
This project has been untaken at one of Interxion’s London sites situated in West Drayton where Interxion used data centre optimisation specialist EkkoSense's EkkoSoft® Critical software to achieve the impressive energy savings.
The project began in February 2019 and was designed to focus on thermal monitoring and airflow optimisation, increasing cooling capacity and reducing the energy cost of cooling equipment.
Throughout the project, Interxion leveraged EkkoSense's EkkoSoft® Critical software, which provides real-time visibility of key data centre operational and thermal performance to monitor the site, identify areas for improvement – such as with the floor grille layout and fan performance – and subsequently recommended the appropriate changes to optimise performance. These software-driven insights were the key driver behind the success of the project, which has helped Interxion reduce cooling system energy consumption by 20%, further improving operational performance.
“The results from our initial project with EkkoSense have been nothing short of impressive,” said Jeff Tapley, Group Managing Director, Interxion, a Digital Realty company. “As an organisation, we take very seriously our responsibility to create green, energy-efficient data centres. This means we are constantly looking for innovative ways of reducing energy consumption and ensuring we play our part in supporting the UK's 2050 net zero emissions target.”
James Kirkwood, Head of Critical Services at EkkoSense, added, “Interxion and EkkoSense have clearly demonstrated that technological innovation – through advanced thermal optimisation software – can deliver significant energy savings.”
“The unique performance analytics built into EkkoSoft® Critical have highlighted airflow and cooling inefficiencies and provided visibility into critical metrics throughout the energy-saving process. The team at Interxion also uses the software on a daily basis for ongoing monitoring and evaluation capacity planning activities to maintain the optimised state as the environment changes,” concluded Kirkwood.
The partnership with EkkoSense is one of Digital Realty's many ongoing sustainability projects, including renewable procurement for its EMEA portfolio, wind power for its U.S. colocation business and carbon-free and renewable power supplied to several Northern California properties. The project with EkkoSense is expected to expand to two New York data centres operated by Digital Realty as well as five additional European sites.
In March 2020 Digital Realty and Interxion completed a transaction to formally combine.
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The EkkoSense team consists of PhD level thermal, software and electronics engineers with 25+ years’ experience in optimising critical data centre environments.
Based at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park, EkkoSense brings together thermal expertise, innovation in sensor technology, 3D software visualisation and analytics, and proven optimisation capabilities to achieve entirely new levels of thermal optimisation.
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