07 March 2023
Mobile network Three UK has used EkkoSoft Critical data centre optimisation software from EkkoSense to achieve a 12.5% cooling energy reduction in just 10 weeks across its legacy sites.
Using the AI-enabled SaaS visualisation and analytics software ensures the rapid thermal optimisation of Three’s four UK legacy facilities. It helps Three’s data centre operations team to identify exactly where specific cooling optimisation actions are needed. This has already resulted in initial cooling energy savings of 200 kW against a 196 kW projection, while also helping the Three data centre team to meet a corporate demand for 5% total energy saving across its legacy sites.
“Following initial discussions with our partner CBRE we identified that improved cooling efficiency was one of the most effective ways to help optimise our data centre energy performance and secure environmental improvements,'' said Three’s data centre operations and service readiness manager, Shamim Mohamed. "The EkkoSense team conducted an initial survey that suggested we could initially unlock a combined 196 kW saving – equating to an annual energy saving of 1,716,960 kWh.
“We set a 10-week timeframe for the project, and were pleased that EkkoSense was able to deliver the initial optimisation phase in just six weeks. With the EkkoSoft Critical software fully deployed, the thermal optimisation project performed ahead of our initial expectations, with the data centre cooling savings alone enabling us to meet our corporate energy savings targets for our legacy sites. This has enabled us to target annual energy savings of around £233,000 - meaning we’ve also been able to target an overall project ROI of under 12 months. Taking advantage of the powerful Cooling Advisor AI-driven embedded advisory tool within EkkoSoft Critical will also help ensure we keep our cooling optimisation on track going forward.”
“It’s great that Three has been able to achieve its initial cooling energy savings targets, however, we’re now keen to see how the data centre operations team takes advantage of EkkoSoft Critical’s optimisation capabilities going forward,” said EkkoSense’s CEO Dean Boyle. ”Our software’s ability to provide much more granular insight into cooling and thermal performance will give the Three data centre team much more control over how the company manages its four legacy sites over the next three years.”
The machine learning and AI-powered optimisation technology works by analysing thousands of temperature and cooling points in real-time across Three’s legacy data centre sites to identify where levels of cooling can be tweaked. The software also increases the level of thermal insight available to the operations team, helping to uncover areas of thermal risk that were not being picked up by BMS systems.