2bm iMeter passes university challenge at Warwick
The University of Warwick has implemented the 2bm iMeter to monitor power consumption in one of the university’s main data centres.
The 2bm iMeter provides vital information to the university to help manage power usage and reduce energy consumption in the data centre.
The University of Warwick has two main data centres at its Coventry Campus. Following an electrical upgrade in one of the main data centre halls, the university saw the need to monitor the power supply to each individual rack within the data centre. Following a competitive review of the marketplace, the university decided to trial the 2bm iMeter because it guaranteed accurate meter readings as it is fixed onto each rack’s power supply.
Within a matter of days of using the 2bm iMeter the university was so pleased with the results that a further order was placed with 2bm for another 97 sensors to fit the entire data centre, bringing the total number of sensors within the university to 200 across three rooms.
Steve Silver, service owner, University of Warwick, said, ‘Before the 2bm iMeter was installed, we had no means of measuring the load on each power distribution unit (PDU), which meant we could overload any one PDU at any time. Now we are able to monitor the power consumption at individual cabinet level by securely fixing the 2bm iMeter on to the power supply and receiving reliable and accurate energy readings.’
The 2bm iMeter also provides highly sophisticated reports meaning that the university now has information available at its fingertips allowing it to analyse energy usage every hour, day, week and month at rack level. This provides clear trends in energy consumption and allows the university to effectively manage power usage by setting alarms based on pre-determined thresholds. Power consumption can also be evaluated at departmental level meaning that the university can allocate energy costs against departmental budgets if necessary depending on how much power is being consumed.
Silver added, ‘Having set up the thresholds on the 2bm iMeter just below the maximum capacity, we are able to highlight any potential problems on a piece of equipment in the data centre before they happen. The ability to have this information sent to us via email alerts is extremely useful, and engineers also receive alerts on their pagers meaning that any issues can be dealt with immediately without causing any disruption to the business.’
The iMeter will also be rolled out to the university’s new larger data centre, which is expected to go live in February 2012 to replace an existing life expired legacy facility.