Avnet Achieves Data Center Energy Savings with Vigilent Dynamic Cooling Control
Vigilent, a provider of dynamic cooling management systems, announced that it has worked with Avnet to improve the cooling energy efficiency of Avnet’s North American data center.
Avnet deployed Vigilent technology in its 13,000 square-foot data center as part of a large IT management initiative to reduce Avnet’s environmental impact and radically conserve energy at the 25-year-old facility. As part of this project, Avnet used Vigilent to gain a more granular understanding of cooling throughout the data center floor, maintain consistent temperatures, improve cooling redundancy, and automatically control computer room air conditioners (CRACs) for maximum efficiency. The Vigilent system automatically adjusts cooling resources to match IT load in real time, eliminating CRAC “fighting” (simultaneous heating and cooling), and turning redundant CRACs off or down to ensure that consistent temperatures are maintained within desired thresholds. The cooling-related energy savings contributed to the success of the larger Avnet IT initiative, saving the company millions of dollars and enabling it to avoid a multi-million dollar power build-out to the data center.
“The information provided by Vigilent helps us evaluate equipment performance and identify changes that we can make to our data center to further optimize our efficiency,” said Bruce Gorshe, director of data center operations for Avnet. “Our analysts use the Vigilent data on a regular basis, and Vigilent plays a key role in helping us reduce our energy consumption and related operating costs.”
Within Avnet, the Vigilent system integrates with CA Technologies’ ecoMeter DCIM front end to provide real-time information about CRAC power use. Avnet consolidates its energy power use for efficiency analysis and reporting.
“Avnet is a great example of how companies can avoid expensive IT build-outs while managing continued IT growth by applying DCIM and cooling optimization,” said Dan Mascola, Vigilent product marketing manager. Avnet’s proactive thinking and success are well-evidenced by the multiple IT industry awards for data center efficiency it has received in the last five years. Avnet provides a powerful benchmark for what forward-thinking companies can achieve.”
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