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Why optimising data centre performance should be a key step towards achieving net zero goals
By Jason Preston, Director, FEL Group – a NEUPC Data Centre supplier
While the UK government is targeting net zero on all Green House Gas emissions by 2050, many universities and colleges have raised the bar even higher – with some now looking to meet their own carbon neutral targets by 2030.
Given that 2030 is less than ten years away, there will inevitably be an increased demand for serious carbon reductions – starting with the highest energy users within universities. This will place the spotlight on data centre and IT operations – already established as one of the highest collective consumers of energy.
It’s vital that IT and facilities management teams do everything they can to deliver the quick carbon reduction wins that will help universities to deliver on their net zero commitments. Unfortunately, this looks increasingly hard with IT teams already working to extract even more performance from their existing data centre assets. And with demand for computing power set to scale dramatically over the next decade, the task will only get more difficult.
Minimal IT budgets mean that universities will need to find alternative strategies quickly. And that’s where FEL Group – a fully-accredited NEUPC Data Centre Management supplier can help from a sustainability perspective.
Targeting data centre cooling energy usage 
Around 35% of data centre energy consumption is taken up by powering cooling equipment, and new research shows that – on average – data centres are missing out on proven ways of cutting cooling energy consumption by up to 30%.
Using the latest generation of EkkoSense software-driven optimisation solutions offered by FEL Group, universities can move quickly to reduce energy without needing to invest in more expensive cooling equipment. By tracking equipment temperatures on a rack-by-rack basis and by collecting real-time cooling duty information, IT teams can gain a true granular understanding of their data centre cooling performance. And by addressing issues of over-cooling, universities can reduce their cooling energy consumption dramatically!
Working with FEL under the NEUPC Data Centre Management framework agreement provides access to proven data centre optimisation capabilities, while quantifiable carbon savings open opportunities for Sustainability funding via FEL Group. This not only results in reduced cooling costs year-onyear, but universities can also avoid the need for capital investment thanks to FEL Group’s OpEx and revenue-based pricing models.
To learn more, visit www.felgroup.co.uk or contact FEL Group directly at [email protected]