EkkoSense puts IoT in the data centre to monitor temperatures

EkkoSense puts IoT in the data centre to monitor temperatures

Solution will help datacentre owners know when things are getting too hot

Organisations will be able to track the cooling systems in their data centre using IoT thanks to EkkoSense.

Data centre thermal risk advisory firm EkkoSense has launched what it claims is the world’s first IoT monitoring solution to track data centre cooling loads in real-time.

It said the device can be fitted to any cooling unit in moments, wirelessly allows operators to monitor thermal instabilities right across the data centre, enabling them for the first time to balance thermal profiles so that only those cooling units that need to be working are actually active.

The firm said that by concentrating on actual cooling duty information, it estimated that data centres can improve their overall energy performance by up to 30 per cent.

It added that most data centre operators approach cooling by looking at nominal main plate ratings declared by cooling equipment manufacturers.

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New insights into your data centre

“By capturing information that was previously unavailable, and by being able to track temperature differentials either at an individual unit or data centre level, operators can now track motions of heat across the floor – revealing new insights into the underlying physics of cooling data centres,” said Stu Redshaw, CTO, EkkoSense.

Using an IoT monitor would also reduce risk by identifying those faulty or non-performing cooling units that don’t get picked up under routine maintenance.

“Thanks to innovations in low-cost sensor technology, IoT, gaming technology and cloud, EkkoSense has now been able to bring a completely new level of thermal monitoring performance to market, providing operators with the ability to not only visualise and understand their own data centre thermal instabilities,” said Redshaw.

“By taking the guesswork out of data centre cooling, EkkoAir provides operators with the real time information they need to really start addressing the inefficiencies that currently make cooling their largest operational overhead.”

Jack Bedell-Pearce, managing director at 4D, a Surrey-based data centre and cloud provider, told Internet of Business that if all legacy centres could be retro-fitted with green technologies, there would be an immediate, significant cut in global power consumption.

“The main obstacle to most data centres doing this is capital costs and the logistics of upgrading in a live environment,” he said.

“Most people who operate datacentres are seeing their energy demands increase and need to look at options to reduce their emissions.”

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