DATA CENTRE PREDICTIONS
to be allocated to addressing powerrelated issues .
She said : “ When it comes to data centres , any unplanned downtime can have large ramifications both financially and in terms of reputational damage . Yet with a sector where precision is not so much a preference as a prerequisite , all aspects of facility infrastructure must be addressed equally to ensure consistent operations , including the cooling plant .
“ So , while power will undoubtedly be the main focus in the wake of this new outage report , this should not come at the cost of selection of high-performance cooling components , including heat exchangers . Equipment certified by third-party testing bodies such as the Air-Conditioning , Heating and Refrigeration Institute ( AHRI ), should be a key part of any multi-faceted strategy developed to reduce this growing number of serious outages .”
The AHRI ’ s Product Performance Certification Programme is a voluntary programme administered and governed by the institute to ensure various types of heating , ventilation , air conditioning , refrigeration and water heating products perform according to manufacturers ’ published claims . Products tested and certified under the programme , including Alfa Laval ’ s gasketed , brazed and fusionbonded plate heat exchangers , can provide much-needed assurance over performance that is critical in data centre environments .
“ The ratings manufacturers claim can often widely vary from actual performance , which is undoubtedly a worry for owners , consultants and contractors ,” said Reeves . “ Though performance certifications such as the AHRI are voluntary , equipment designers and providers should actively seek out these accreditations . Insofar as liquid-toliquid heat exchangers are concerned , having this level of surety provides crucial peace-of-mind that effective cooling can take place as per the design , and the possibility of outages reduced .”
Also key to addressing some of the challenges in the data centre space is flexibility . According to Aggreko , flexibility is crucial for addressing rising colo energy costs .
Deteriorating bottom line costs for colocation data centres ( colos ) caused by market uncertainty has further underlined the need for facility stakeholders to consider flexible energy models in the future , according to Aggreko .
It follows a new report from FTI Consulting showing energy prices in UK data centres rising by over 600 % since January 2021 . With this figure tracking markedly higher
DETERIORATING BOTTOM LINE COSTS FOR COLOCATION DATA CENTRES ( COLOS ) CAUSED BY MARKET UNCERTAINTY HAS FURTHER UNDERLINED THE NEED FOR FACILITY STAKEHOLDERS TO CONSIDER FLEXIBLE ENERGY MODELS IN THE FUTURE .
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