Data centres: poor levels of cooling utilisation in UK

According to a recent survey, current average cooling utilisation level is just 34% in UK data centres.

A very large survey was conducted in the data centres of United Kingdom by EkkoSense, a thermal risk expert. The survey focused on thermal issues in data centres. 185 data centre halls and over 16,500 racks were analysed. The results showed that the current average cooling utilisation level is just 34%, even if data centre operators invest significantly in expensive cooling equipment. It means that 66% of cooling equipment installed is not delivering active cooling benefits. EkkoSense suggests that it is due to poor management of airflow and a failure to actively monitor and report rack temperature. According to James Kierkwood, EkkoSense’s head of operations “thermal issue still account for almost a third of unplanned data centre outages”.

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