Green initiatives have been pushed by the UK Government, but with tall targets such as those outlined in the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme (EEC), these are a serious challenge to data centre operators which are required to deliver 24/7 performance with N+1 resilience. Service providers can struggle to draw up evidence-based plans with clear return on investment (ROI) for improving server estate energy efficiency, cutting energy costs and providing data for CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme compliance.
AXA were particularly focused on dealing with this issue and TACE assisted AXA in establishing an effective and innovative in situ framework.
TACE have designed many of the AXA call centres which included small scale data centres 100m2 frame footprint. The objectives were to reduce both costs and power usage within the data centre, improve energy efficiency and tackle the CRC scheme’s compliance demands.
TACE identified a number of issues particularly revolving around air distribution and inefficiency of equipment mainly due to temperature issues. These were resolved and the results measured achieving an average 15% reduction in energy mainly from the cooling plant.