Are you wasting energy and money on old Data Centre systems?

 There is no doubt that when it comes to data, we creating and consuming more than ever before. According to Cisco’s Global Cloud Index, annual Data Centre IP traffic will reach 8.6 zettabytes (ZB) by the end of 2018. This is an increase from 3.1 ZB per year in 2013. But what exactly does this mean? According to Cisco, if the 11oz coffee on your desk equals one gigabyte, a zettabyte would have the same volume as the Great Wall of China!
As activities and data increase, Facility Managers will be looking to meet the increased computer, storage and power demands in the most efficient and effective way.
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Keeping energy costs down

Keeping energy costs down is a major focus for organisations and will continue to play a part in their goals. This is driven by rising energy costs, green legislation and corporate social responsibility. Data Centre efficiency works hand in hand with reducing costs by being environmentally friendly.

Before you make changes to your Data Centre you need to identify the areas of inefficiency. Next are the options for improving them, and that is where DCResponse can help. We work with our clients to achieve the very best PUE in their Data Centre. This is a measurement tool defined by the Green Grid that determines a Data Centre’s efficiency.

Data Centre Air Conditioning and Cooling

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A recent article in The Guardian (October 2015), stated that according to Computer Weekly, global Data Centre power consumption quadrupled from 2007 to 2013, and is set to nearly double again over the next 15 years. Research by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency predicts that by about 2060, the amount of energy used worldwide in cooling will overtake that used in heating.

Recent guidelines from ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) recommend widening the temperature and humidity level tolerances in Data Centers, which in turn can have a large improvement in overall efficiency.

More modern equipment has the capabilities to cope with a wider tolerance. According to a JISC report updated in 2015, that would mean that air conditioning would only be needed, on average, for around 12 days a year in UK Data Centres.

UPS System

Does your business rely on an older UPS? Taking the time to invest in the latest technology could save you tens of thousands of pounds. This is true for both power & maintenance your current system.

Jack Ogden, Commercial Director at DCResponse adds: –

“An old or inefficient UPS system can waste your business thousands of pounds a year. An old system on average achieves only 67% efficiency vs. a new one with 95% efficiency. As an example a 10 kVA – 8kW UPS has an energy wastage that is the equivalent of £3,460.00 per year vs a new 10kVA – 9kW which has a minimal energy wastage that is the equivalent of £375.00 per year. Switching from an old to a new UPS not only saves energy but also can have a ROI within 2-3 years.”

In conclusion, replacing your old UPS system is the path towards a greener Data Centre. Additionally, this provides one of the biggest payoffs in terms of efficiency.


 DCResponse is a British company based in Witney, Oxfordshire. We offer 24-7 maintenance for the mechanical and electrical infrastructure of Computer Rooms and Data Centres. Additionally, we provide an excellent range of UPS systems and services tailored to a broad spectrum of industries and sectors. Our main aim is to provide protection for clients’ critical data, equipment and premises.

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01993 708855