How Eight California Data Centers    Reduced Energy by 20%  Sponsored by the California Energy Commission         Public I...
California Energy Commission  Public Interest Energy Research   • Solicitations   • Demonstrations   • Research Centers   ...
California Energy Commission  Public Interest Energy Research • Global Warming Solutions   Act (AB32) • Loading Order (EAP...
California Energy Commission  Public Interest Energy Research  • Achieve Clean and    Sustainable Energy Future  • Reduce ...
California Energy Commission  Public Interest Energy Research  Today’s Webinar:  Background
California Energy Commission  Public Interest Energy Research   Today’s Speakers:   Carl Boomgaarden   Information Systems...
California EnergyCommission WebinarCarl BoomgaardenOffice of Technology ServicesApril 4, 2012
Agenda•   Gold Camp Data Center•   Goals for the Project•   Challenges•   Implementation•   Results
Gold Camp Data Center44,000 sf located nearSacramento, CA• Serves more than  500 State, County,  Federal and Local  Govern...
Gold Camp Data CenterUpdating & Modernizing• Upgrading and adding  power distribution units• Updating and adding static  t...
Project Goals• Continuous visibility for  informed decisions      • Improved planning options,        capacity & growth• E...
Challenges• Data center in state of flux         • IT equipment growing rapidly• Power usage on constant incline         •...
Implementation• Quick         •   System up and running in 5 days         •   275 wireless sensors         •   6 wireless ...
Implementation                                         • Wireless sensors at                                           top...
Floor Temperature Visibility• Easily identify hot/cold  spots         • Visual picture shows           where to go look• R...
Cooling and Airflow Visibility• More even temperatures• Month 1: Turned 8 of 23  CRACs off• Month 2: Turned 10–11  CRACs o...
Power Usage• Prior to project, steady rate of  power increase in the data center• After project, total power usage  platea...
Cooling at Room Level• System adjusts as new  conditions arise throughout  the room for improved end-  to-end reliability•...
CRAC Influence… At a Glance• System shows the effect  of every CRAC across  the floor         • Comprehensive, accurate,  ...
Results• Works as advertised• Valuable tool helps operations do their job better• Be more energy efficient         • Suppo...
Results• Automatic monitoring of cooling control         • Removed “human” factor         • No more walking around checkin...
California EnergyCommission WebinarManuel LujanoCalifornia Franchise Tax BoardApril 4, 2012
Agenda•        Building 1 Data Center•        Goals for the Project•        Challenges•        Implementation•        Resu...
Building 1 Data Center• 20,000 sf located in  Sacramento• 13 CRAC units• Humidity control  requirements for printing  oper...
Building 1 Data Center• Hot spots and cold spots     • Operations measured       temperatures by walking around• All CRAC ...
Project Goals• Energy savings• Better temperature  control• Eliminate CRAC cross  talk or fighting• Better floor temperatu...
Data Center in State of Flux• The B1 Data Center was both growing  and shrinking         • Need to add capacity in the sam...
Implementation• Quick     •    Vigilent System up and running in 5 days     •    140 wireless sensors     •    2 wireless ...
Implementation                                                 • Wireless sensors at                                      ...
Floor Temperatures Visible• Hot spots/cold spots  immediately visible   • Once corrected, can     show IT guys proof with ...
Results• 78% energy savings           • Annual kWh savings of             697,042 or $69,705           • Exceeded expectat...
Results• Odd-shaped room now  cooled efficiently         • Lowered setpoints on Vigilent           system which directed m...
Results• Major energy savings and carbon reduction• Eliminated hot spots and cold spots• Less wear and tear on CRACs• Impr...
Next Steps• Upgrade 2009 Building 3 data center (13,000 sf)  to add VFDs to all 12 CRACs         • Upgrade Vigilent system...
Vigilent                         ®Intelligent Energy Management SystemsSolutions for Data Centers, Telcos,and Commercial B...
California State Data Centers                                             Square               kWh       Dollar CoolingSit...
Results      • Reduced energy consumption of eight data        centers by more than 2.3 million kWh      • Projecting over...
Vigilent TodayVigilent provides intelligent energymanagement systems for data centers,telcos, central offices, and buildin...
Big Pressures…                 Source: Vigilent4/4/12
Big Challenges and Costly• Cooling accounts for 50% of data center  energy costs• Downtime costs $5,600 per minute• Human ...
And More...• 42% of data centers will run out of cooling,  power, or space in the next two years• Technical Challenges    ...
The Vigilent Solution•    Cooling becomes a managed resource•    Improved reliability•    Improved capacity management•   ...
Vigilent Data Center™                        Source: Vigilent4/4/12
Vigilent Delivers                            60                                                            energy manageme...
The Data Center Solution• Powerful Artificial Intelligence based  technology• Measures, monitors and actively controls  co...
Cooling Strategies                                    floor tile                   control        hot aisle        rack   ...
Technology Overview
Intelligent Energy Management• Input-output data model         • Interactions drive AI decision-making and analytics• Adap...
Long Tail                              Source: Vigilent            Large amount of data able to              predict very ...
Thermal Mapping• Pinpoint hot spots,  identify areas of  excess cooling• Colorized, overhead  views make it easy to  asses...
Summary• Vigilent delivers…    •    Improved IT reliability    •    Improved resilience, redundancy    •    Improved capac...
Vigilent™Intelligent Energy Management Systemswww.vigilent.comdmascola@vigilent.comVig•i•lent /ˈvijələnt/    Adjective: In...
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How 8 California Data Centers Reduced Cooling Energy by 40%

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Two California data center operators and a representative from Vigilent discuss the deep energy savings achieved from cooling technologies deployed in existing data centers. The California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) division funded this research.

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How 8 California Data Centers Reduced Cooling Energy by 40%

  1. 1. How Eight California Data Centers Reduced Energy by 20% Sponsored by the California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research David Weightman, Energy Commission Specialist California Energy Commission dweightm@energy.state.ca.us Jenny Field, Marketing Manager E Source jenny_field@esource.com Wednesday, April 4, 2012
  2. 2. California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research • Solicitations • Demonstrations • Research Centers • Partnerships • Codes and Standards
  3. 3. California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research • Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) • Loading Order (EAP) • Zero-Net Energy (LTEESP) • Clean Energy Jobs Plan (Executive Initiative)
  4. 4. California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research • Achieve Clean and Sustainable Energy Future • Reduce Pollution • Increase Resource Efficiency • Create Jobs
  5. 5. California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Today’s Webinar: Background
  6. 6. California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Today’s Speakers: Carl Boomgaarden Information Systems Analyst State of California Manuel Lujano Staff Information Analyst California Franchise Tax Board Dan Mascola Senior Energy Efficiency Analyst Vigilent
  7. 7. California EnergyCommission WebinarCarl BoomgaardenOffice of Technology ServicesApril 4, 2012
  8. 8. Agenda• Gold Camp Data Center• Goals for the Project• Challenges• Implementation• Results
  9. 9. Gold Camp Data Center44,000 sf located nearSacramento, CA• Serves more than 500 State, County, Federal and Local Government entities Source: Google Maps• 23 CRAC units expanding to 48• 1,010 racks 4/2012
  10. 10. Gold Camp Data CenterUpdating & Modernizing• Upgrading and adding power distribution units• Updating and adding static transfer switches• Migrating customers’ power Source: Google Maps off old to new• Realigning cabinets into hot aisle/cold aisle 4/2012
  11. 11. Project Goals• Continuous visibility for informed decisions • Improved planning options, capacity & growth• Energy savings • Cut cooling costs up to 40% • Less CRAC wear and tear• Modernize data center Source: Gold Camp • Improve resiliency & redundancy • Reduce downtime risk 4/2012
  12. 12. Challenges• Data center in state of flux • IT equipment growing rapidly• Power usage on constant incline • 2 MW going up to 3 MW• Initially somewhat skeptical • How will the technology work in this data center? • What improvements will be delivered?• 23 old 30-ton CRAC units4/2012
  13. 13. Implementation• Quick • System up and running in 5 days • 275 wireless sensors • 6 wireless gateways • 23 CRAC units• Added network wiring & VLAN IP addressing • Ethernet and power to wireless gateways • IP address for wireless gateways and server4/2012
  14. 14. Implementation • Wireless sensors at top and bottom of IT server inlet air • System gives operations information they can use • Hot spots/cold spots • Adjust floor tiles Results are visible • Eliminate air gapsSource: Vigilent within days of 4/2012 installation
  15. 15. Floor Temperature Visibility• Easily identify hot/cold spots • Visual picture shows where to go look• Red triangle means go look at what’s causing Source: Vigilent temperature rise • Could be a box on the floor blocking airflow4/2012
  16. 16. Cooling and Airflow Visibility• More even temperatures• Month 1: Turned 8 of 23 CRACs off• Month 2: Turned 10–11 CRACs off• Feb 2012: added 13 new CRAC units to the system• After floor balancing, 18 Source: Vigilent of 36 CRACs are off 4/2012
  17. 17. Power Usage• Prior to project, steady rate of power increase in the data center• After project, total power usage plateaued for a short time even as the data center continued to grow Source: Liebert PDU• Power usage continues to increase, but at a slower rate4/2012
  18. 18. Cooling at Room Level• System adjusts as new conditions arise throughout the room for improved end- to-end reliability• Capacity rating screen tells us CRAC unit on but running at low efficiency level, which could indicate pushing return air into the floor Source: Gold Camp• Leads operations to adjust local CRAC setpoints to increase cooling capability 4/2012
  19. 19. CRAC Influence… At a Glance• System shows the effect of every CRAC across the floor • Comprehensive, accurate, real-time airflow visual• Operations looks at Vigilent constantly wCRAC A • Saves money • Saves time Source: Vigilent4/2012
  20. 20. Results• Works as advertised• Valuable tool helps operations do their job better• Be more energy efficient • Support state data center consolidation • Use Vigilent as a map to ensure new equipment can be added • Can show management how we’re improving power consumption efficiency• Extend cooling unit life due to decreased run time• Lower risk due to cooling control across the entire floor4/2012
  21. 21. Results• Automatic monitoring of cooling control • Removed “human” factor • No more walking around checking/adjusting temperatures• Automated ability of system to respond to changes works like a charm • Moved cooling units, moved power units, add/move cabinets• Streamlined the process • See at a glance the conditions on the data center floor• Go from being reactive to proactive • Operations are first ones to know there is a hot spot and have a solution in place before there is an issue4/2012
  22. 22. California EnergyCommission WebinarManuel LujanoCalifornia Franchise Tax BoardApril 4, 2012
  23. 23. Agenda• Building 1 Data Center• Goals for the Project• Challenges• Implementation• Results• Next Steps4/2012
  24. 24. Building 1 Data Center• 20,000 sf located in Sacramento• 13 CRAC units• Humidity control requirements for printing operation Source: Google Maps• Tape storage units (confined to one area)• Odd-sized room cooling requirements4/2012
  25. 25. Building 1 Data Center• Hot spots and cold spots • Operations measured temperatures by walking around• All CRAC units running 100% • Crosstalk – these units were blowing too much air, creating Source: CA Franchise Tax Board too much air mixing in the data center• Inefficient • Some CRACs heating • Some CRACs cooling 4/2012
  26. 26. Project Goals• Energy savings• Better temperature control• Eliminate CRAC cross talk or fighting• Better floor temperature Source: CA Franchise Tax Board visibility for more informed decision-making 4/2012
  27. 27. Data Center in State of Flux• The B1 Data Center was both growing and shrinking • Need to add capacity in the same room to get ready for more agencies • Need to add and remove IT equipment without temperature change• Keep IT guys happy • Identify, correct and prevent hot spots• Efficiently cool the odd-shaped room4/2012
  28. 28. Implementation• Quick • Vigilent System up and running in 5 days • 140 wireless sensors • 2 wireless gateways • 13 CRAC units• Installed ABB VFDs in five days• Previous experience with Vigilent deployment in Building 3 data center in 2009 • High confidence that the system would work well 4/2012
  29. 29. Implementation • Wireless sensors at top and bottom of IT server inlet air • System gives operations actionable information • Measuring power on each CRAC for Results are visible cooling energy usageSource: CA Franchise Tax Board within days of reports 4/2012 installation
  30. 30. Floor Temperatures Visible• Hot spots/cold spots immediately visible • Once corrected, can show IT guys proof with the thermal map• Feel the difference • Shift in how data center feels • Cold spots identified before Source: Vigilent installation disappeared afterward 4/2012
  31. 31. Results• 78% energy savings • Annual kWh savings of 697,042 or $69,705 • Exceeded expectations• Reduced VFD speeds in 13 CRACs from 100% to 50% Source: CA Franchise Tax Board• Eliminated CRAC fighting• Reduced noise85,108 kWh/month usage before project reduced to 19,014 kWh/month after projectMade changes to data center so now usage is 25,882 kWh/month 4/2012
  32. 32. Results• Odd-shaped room now cooled efficiently • Lowered setpoints on Vigilent system which directed more cooling to the room• Temperatures in data center went down AFTER energy Source: Vigilent usage was reduced • Less air movement and air mixing • Humidity remained constant and managed4/2012
  33. 33. Results• Major energy savings and carbon reduction• Eliminated hot spots and cold spots• Less wear and tear on CRACs• Improved risk management due to system ability to auto-adjust to equipment adds or removals• Quick payback and ROI• Works with varying data center floor plan and equipment type and age4/2012
  34. 34. Next Steps• Upgrade 2009 Building 3 data center (13,000 sf) to add VFDs to all 12 CRACs • Upgrade Vigilent system from start/stop CRACs to full control VFDs• Add more hot aisle containment curtains• Add a water side economizer• Improve lighting efficiency4/2012
  35. 35. Vigilent ®Intelligent Energy Management SystemsSolutions for Data Centers, Telcos,and Commercial BuildingsDan MascolaBlog: www.dchuddle.comCalifornia Energy Commission WebinarApril 4, 2012
  36. 36. California State Data Centers Square kWh Dollar CoolingSite Name Feet Sensors CRAHs Savings Savings ReducedOffice of Technology Services, Gold Camp 40,000 495 23 484,174 $48,417 19%Employment Development Department 12,500 63 5 433,049 $43,305 54%Franchise Tax Board LA Data Center 12,000 126 15 697,045 $69,705 78%Department of Water Resources 5,300 53 6 288,348 $28,835 40%Department of Trans. (Caltrans), 2nd Floor 4,000 44 4 149,555 $17,947 64%Secretary of State 2,700 32 5 37,084 $3,708 30%Department of General Services, Ziggurat 2,500 41 4 84,134 $11,358 50%Department of Trans. (Caltrans), 9th Floor 667 31 3 140,135 $16,816 64%Totals 79,667 885 65 2,313,524 $240,091 41% Source: Vigilent 4/4/12
  37. 37. Results • Reduced energy consumption of eight data centers by more than 2.3 million kWh • Projecting over $240,000 in annual savings • Results achieved at diverse set of data centers • Demonstrates the power and flexibility of intelligent energy management • Works in big or small, old or new data centers 4/4/12Proprietary and confidential
  38. 38. Vigilent TodayVigilent provides intelligent energymanagement systems for data centers,telcos, central offices, and buildings • Intelligent control – dynamic, predictive, adaptive • Rapid deployment with minimal disruption • Instant savings on energy costs • Informed by Big Data, directed by Big Analytics4/4/12
  39. 39. Big Pressures… Source: Vigilent4/4/12
  40. 40. Big Challenges and Costly• Cooling accounts for 50% of data center energy costs• Downtime costs $5,600 per minute• Human error is one of the largest causes of downtime • Nearly $300,000 downtime costs per incident• Siloed information across multiple sites"National Survey on Data Center Outages," conducted by the Ponemon Institute, published September 30, 2010.4/4/12
  41. 41. And More...• 42% of data centers will run out of cooling, power, or space in the next two years• Technical Challenges • Chasing hot spots • Increasing rack energy density • IT loads becoming more dynamic • A lot to manage, little visibility4/4/12
  42. 42. The Vigilent Solution• Cooling becomes a managed resource• Improved reliability• Improved capacity management• Improved resiliency• Lowered life-cycle costs• PAID FOR WITH ENERGY SAVINGS Typical savings of 40% savings in cooling costs or better4/4/12
  43. 43. Vigilent Data Center™ Source: Vigilent4/4/12
  44. 44. Vigilent Delivers 60 energy management BEFORE software started 50 Main breaker, kW 40 30 20 10 AFTER 0 1/31 2/2 2/4 2/6 2/8 2/10 date/time Source: Vigilent4/4/12
  45. 45. The Data Center Solution• Powerful Artificial Intelligence based technology• Measures, monitors and actively controls cooling operations• Dynamically adjust cooling units in real time• Optimize temperature distribution• Provides insight into environment and operations through lots of data 4/4/12
  46. 46. Cooling Strategies floor tile control hot aisle rack VFDs changes software isolation blanks 60 50 main breaker kW 40 SAVINGS FROM ENERGY MANAGEMENT 30 20 10 0 A B C D E F Time Interval Source: Vigilent4/4/12
  47. 47. Technology Overview
  48. 48. Intelligent Energy Management• Input-output data model • Interactions drive AI decision-making and analytics• Adaptive and dynamic • Self-configuring • Self-maintaining• Self-optimizing • Optimize temperature distribution • Minimize energy consumption4/4/12
  49. 49. Long Tail Source: Vigilent Large amount of data able to predict very rare events4/4/12
  50. 50. Thermal Mapping• Pinpoint hot spots, identify areas of excess cooling• Colorized, overhead views make it easy to assess performance at a glance Source: Vigilent• View sensor readings over time as a movie4/4/12
  51. 51. Summary• Vigilent delivers… • Improved IT reliability • Improved resilience, redundancy • Improved capacity management • Extended equipment life • Reduced maintenance costs • Paid for with reduced energy costs Vigilent solutions are farthest up the experience curve4/4/12
  52. 52. Vigilent™Intelligent Energy Management Systemswww.vigilent.comdmascola@vigilent.comVig•i•lent /ˈvijələnt/ Adjective: Intelligently keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties
  53. 53. Questions?

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