EkkoSense DCOP manager shortlisted for DCS Award.
April 12, 2018 11:48 am Published by Leave your thoughts

EkkoSense DCOP Manager shortlisted for DCS Award ‘Individual of the Year’!

Our team is expanding here at EkkoSense, so we’re always on the look out for talented individuals to strengthen our pool of expertise. If you’re interested in joining the UK’s leading team of data centre thermal specialists, then please get in touch. As an example of how you can build your career with EkkoSense, a great example is Anuraag Saxena – now our Data Centre Optimisation (DCOP) Manager – who has just been shortlisted as a finalist for the DCS Awards ‘Individual of the Year’ category!

Anuraag initially joined the EkkoSense team as an intern as part of his Masters programme at Nottingham University. Our work was particularly relevant to Anuraag’s studies, as his research was focused on the renewables and cooling aspects of IT performance in critical facilities. Now, as DCOP Manager, Anuraag and his team monitor 100% of all the thermally sensitive equipment in a data centre. That way they can support their assessment of the dynamic behaviour of data centre cooling with the kind of solid real-time data that’s critical when it comes to taking decisions that are central to risk free energy savings.

“Anuraag’s EkkoSense DCOP team have been instrumental in optimising our in-room airflow, achieving a 30%+ energy saving, removing key hot & cold spots and providing a thermal cooling approach that allows us to keep on securing additional data centre cooling savings year-on-year.”

– Joe Searle, Technical Facilities Manager, Visa

Translating the EkkoSense thermal optimisation model into clear business benefits

Having conducted over 150 in-depth data centre thermal surveys, Anuraag and our DCOP team have helped to develop a proven, safe thermal optimisation process that draws on potentially thousands of real-time wireless sensors, as well as expert spatial models. Combining data and smart models is now helping data centres across the UK and internationally to remove the uncertainty from their critical facilities cooling.

Every single EkkoSense DCOP Data Centre Optimisation project that Anuraag has worked on to date – ranging across 100s of data centre rooms – has not only delivered 100% rack-level ASHRAE thermal compliance for EkkoSense customers, but also secured an average 23% data centre cooling energy saving, with typical project payback in under a year. EkkoSense DCOP customers also benefit from improvements in data centre capacity, enabling the installation of further IT equipment without additional cooling costs.

Anuraag is a key part of our drive to take data centre thermal optimisation to the next level. By collecting thermal data from potentially thousands of wireless sensors across the data centre, EkkoSense can now create rack-level detailed maps of their customers’ critical facilities. These not only display real-time cooling and thermal performance, but also provide the core machine learning data needed to power next generation real-time decision-making based on the company’s proven space, cooling and power algorithms.

Available at a cost equivalent to less than 20% that of a traditional cooling units, this software-driven thermal optimisation approach delivered by the DCOP team also provides a platform for the kind of real-time decision-making and scenario planning capabilities that organisations will inevitably require to transition towards true AI-managed data centres.

“Anuraag is always professional, polite and conscientious and has been a pleasure to work with. Over the past 12 months our data centre thermal compliance has been dramatically enhanced and Anuraag has been fundamental in highlighting the required changes. Working with Anuraag has meant that we have now been able to achieve 100% thermal compliance and he has identified further energy saving initiatives which we are now discussing with our client. I will look forward to working with Anuraag again over the next 12 months.” 

– Rob Kopel, CBRE Project Manager

Congratulations to Anuraag, and fingers crossed for the DCS Awards final in May!

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This post was written by Dean Boyle

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