UK: A thermal optimisation plan undertaken by a leading UK data and telecoms provider is said to have saved over £115,000 in cooling energy costs in just a few months.

Data and telecoms provider Daisy Group, which offers converged business communications, IT and cloud services, made the savings within the first few months of signing a five-year data centre thermal optimisation managed service for five of its data centres.

The managed service, offered by Nottingham-based company EkkoSense, has been designed to reduce data centre thermal risk, increase cooling capacity and reduce cooling equipment energy costs across Daisy’s data centres in Aston, Farnborough, Hamilton, Romford and Wapping.

The managed service combines EkkoSense’s IoT-enabled sensors, SaaS 3D thermal visualisation and monitoring software, and data centre cooling optimisation to improve the airflow and optimise the data centres’ cooling capabilities.

While reducing the company’s exposure to thermal risks was a key factor in the decision, Daisy Group head of facilities Michael Sheridan revealed that the energy savings exceeded expectations. “So far we have secured better than expected data centre cooling energy savings, with £115,000 already secured, and more to come as we continue to benefit from ongoing optimisation,” he revealed.

The savings so far represent an energy reduction of 19%.

“By applying the real-time, rack-level thermal data gathered by our IoT sensors we can ensure that Daisy is not only protected from potential data centre thermal risks, but that they are also in a position to develop much more proactive data centre power, cooling and space capacity strategies,” said James Kirkwood, EkkoSense’s head of critical services.

EkkoSense initially applies its DCOP Data Centre Optimisation service to reduce thermal risk, release capacity and save energy, while subsequent ongoing services – including monthly thermal/cooling and ASHRAE compliance reports, supported by quarterly site visits.