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SCHNABEL on DatacenterDynamics Judges' Panel for APAC Awards 2016
SCHNABEL is a member of the Judges' Panel for the DatacenterDynamics Awards Asia Pacific 2016. The judging will culminate in an Awards Ceremony on 09-November-2016 in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.


India DatacenterDynamics Converged 2016
SCHNABEL will speak at DatacenterDynamics Converged 2016 at Bangalore. The event is scheduled for 20-July-2016 and 21-July-2016.


SCHNABEL in the Core IT Working Group for Indian Standard on Data Center Energy Efficiency
Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) USA, and under the guidance of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), has taken up the Phase II initiative of developing a composite policy framework for energy efficiency in Indian Data Centers. SCHNABEL, as a member of the Core IT Working Group since 2015, is providing several inputs in the formulation of a metric for reporting the energy performance of Data Centers.


SCHNABEL's Client's Data Center Certified LEED Platinum and Tier III
SCHNABEL's Client's Data Center was certified Tier III for Design Documents by the Uptime Institute on 20-April-2015. The same Data Center was subsequently certified LEED Platinum under the LEED BD+C V4 for Data Centers in April 2016.


SCHNABEL Contributes to the Upcoming TIA-942-B Standard
As a member of the TR42.1 Sub-Committee under the TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association), SCHNABEL formally submitted recommendations in January 2016 towards the update and drafting of the TIA-942-B Data Center standard.


SCHNABEL's Take on NxtGen's HDDC
Ms. Shaheen Meeran, Managing Director of SCHNABEL, gives her views on NxtGen's state-of-the-art High Density Data Center (HDDC) at Bidadi, Bengaluru. The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWZK2l-SNn0


SCHNABEL Provides Inputs to the Upcoming ASHRAE Standard for Data Centers
SCHNABEL contributes to the BSR/ASHRAE Standard 90.4P Energy Standard for Data Centers. SCHNABEL's observations related to electrical losses and PUE were accepted in principle by the ASHRAE Committee in December 2015.


SCHNABEL and IDRBT Hyderabad
SCHNABEL delivered a training session on Data Center Design and Planning at the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT, established by the Reserve Bank of India) on 03-February-2016 at Hyderabad.


SCHNABEL on DatacenterDynamics Judges Panel for APAC Awards 2015
SCHNABEL was a member of the judges' panel for the DatacenterDynamics Awards Asia Pacific 2015. SCHNABEL judged the category Data Center Transformation Project of The Year. The awards were presented on 16-September-2015 at Singapore.


SCHNABEL joins the BICSI Data Center Subcommittee
In early 2015 SCHNABEL joined the BICSI Data Center Subcommittee that authors and updates the BICSI-002 Standard for the design and implementation of Data Centers.


India DatacenterDynamics Converged 2015
SCHNABEL will speak at DatacenterDynamics Converged 2015 at Bangalore on the topic 'Maintaining High Availability and Uptime Anywhere, Anytime'. The presentation is scheduled for 15-July-2015.


SCHNABEL Joins the TIA TR42.1 Sub-Committee
SCHNABEL joins the TR42.1 Sub-Committee under the TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association), and will contribute to the next version of the global TIA 942 Data Center standard that will be developed later in 2015.


SCHNABEL on DatacenterDynamics Judges Panel for APAC Awards 2014
SCHNABEL DC Consultants India was on the Judging Panel for the DatacenterDynamics APAC 2014 Awards. SCHNABEL judged the category 'Future Thinking and Design Concepts'. The Awards ceremony was held on 17-October-2014 at Singapore.


SCHNABEL Delivers Keynote Address at the BICSI India District Conference Bangalore
SCHNABEL delivers Keynote Address at the BICSI India District Conference and Exhibition-Bangalore. The event was held at the Sheraton Bangalore Brigade Gateway, on 12-September-2014. Event details are available at https://www.bicsi.org/event_details.aspx?sessionaltcd=CN-india-1409.


Bangalore DatacenterDynamics Converged 2014
SCHNABEL chaired a track, as well as made a presentation on the topic 'The Data Center Complements: Availability and Efficiency' at the DatacenterDynamics Converged event at Bangalore on 18-September-2014 at the Sheraton Bangalore Brigade Gateway.


SCHNABEL Continues as Invited Lecturer at IDRBT Hyderabad
The association between the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (under the Reserve Bank of India) and SCHNABEL DC Consultants India continues, with a lecture being delivered on 06-August-2014 on the subject of Data Center Design and Planning for bankers.


SCHNABEL's Client's Data Center Certified Tier IV for Design Documents
On 21-July-2014, SCHNABEL's design for a Client's Data Center was certified Tier IV by the Uptime Institute.


SCHNABEL Commences Project Delivery in Southeast Asia
With the commencement of a Data Center planning project in Southeast Asia in early 2014, SCHNABEL achieved a significant milestone for extended geographical reach.


SCHNABEL Crosses the 3 Million Square Feet Mark
By April 2014, SCHNABEL had addressed 3,100,000 square feet of Data Center built up area across India and the Middle East. This milestone was achieved in less than 7 years of project delivery from India.


SCHNABEL Delivers Keynote Address at the BICSI India District Conference Mumbai
SCHNABEL delivers Keynote Address at the BICSI India District Conference and Exhibition-Mumbai. The event was held at the Westin, Mumbai, India on 11-April-2014, and witnessed several expert sessions on Data Center trends. Event details are available at BICSI Mumbai 2014.


The BICSI Corporate Buyer’s Guide Features SCHNABEL for the Fourth Year
SCHNABEL DC Consultants India featured, fourth year running, in the prestigious international BICSI Corporate Buyer's Guide 2013.


Bangalore DatacenterDynamics Converged 2013
SCHNABEL chaired a track, as well as made a presentation on the Sustainability Index for Enterprise Data Centers at the DatacenterDynamics Converged event at Bangalore on 21-November-2013.


Mumbai DatacenterDynamics Converged 2013
An insightful panel discussion was conducted on the future of colocation market in India with senior industry representation by Mr. P. Sridhar Reddy (Chairman and Managing Director, CtrlS Datacenters), Mr. Nitin Mishra (Senior Vice President, Netmagic), Mr. Varoon Raghavan (AVP, Tata Communications) and Mr. A. S. Rajgopal (Managing Director, NxtGen Datacenter and Cloud Services). The panel was moderated by SCHNABEL.


Mr. Kiran Karnik Retires as Non-Executive Director from the SCHNABEL Board
Mr. Kiran Karnik, after 5 years as Non- Executive Director with SCHNABEL, formally retired from his position on the Board of Directors on 01-November-2013. Mr. Karnik continues to be a guide and well-wisher to the Company, and stays informed of developments in the Data Center industry in India and abroad.


Express Technology Senate Abu Dhabi
SCHNABEL attended the Express Technology Senate Abu Dhabi from 03-October-2013 to 06-October-2013. A panel discussion on the Relevance of Current Standards in the Enterprise Data Center was convened by SCHNABEL, with a lively discussion by eminent CIOs on the second day of the event.


Green Banking Guidelines Developed with IDRBT
SCHNABEL participates in the IDRBT (Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology, under the Reserve Bank of India) Green Banking Working Group. The resulting Guideline- including a chapter on Green Infrastructure and Data Centers- formally launched for use by the Indian Banking Sector on 02-August-2013.


SCHNABEL Continues as Invited Lecturer at IDRBT Hyderabad
The association between the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (under the Reserve Bank of India) and SCHNABEL DC Consultants India continues, with a lecture being delivered on 29-July-2013 on the subject of Data Center Design and Planning for bankers.


SCHNABEL Prepares for Celebrations - Five Years in India
SCHNABEL DC Consultants India prepares to celebrate a significant milestone in March 2013. With the completion of five years of operations in India and 2,800,000 square feet of Data Center built up area addressed across the country, the mood is upbeat.


NxtGen Datacenter & Cloud Services Advised by SCHNABEL
Mr. AS Rajgopal, CEO of NxtGen Datacenter & Cloud Services Limited, in an interview to CRN on 3-December-2012, talked about his organisation’s business plans, and association with SCHNABEL as a DC Consultant. The interview can be read at Building Cloud.


SCHNABEL Continues as Invited Speaker at IDRBT Hyderabad
The association between the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (under the Reserve Bank of India) and SCHNABEL DC Consultants India continues, with a lecture being delivered last on 05-November-2012 on the subject of Data Center Design and Planning. The program was targeted towards Data Center management and best practices for the banking fraternity.


SCHNABEL is Knowledge Partner and Event Chair at India Data Center Infratech Conference
SCHNABEL DC Consultants India was invited to be a Knowledge Partner at the India Data Center Infratech Conference, convened for the first time in India by Noppen. The event was held at the Marriott Juhu at Mumbai on 27 and 28-September-2012. The first day of the event was also chaired by SCHNABEL, with several interesting presentations made by distinguished speakers and industry members.


Mr. Juergen Schlichting Re-appointed as Chairman of the Board
On 24-September-2012, Mr. Juergen Schlichting was re-appointed as Chairman of the Board and Non-Executive Director of SCHNABEL DC Consultants India Private Limited. Mr. Schlichting has served previously as the Head of the Supervisory Board of SCHNABEL AG in Germany from 2007 to 2011. He also held the office of Chairman of the Board, SCHNABEL DC Consultants India from 2007 to 2009, before resuming this position in 2012. Mr. Schlichting is based at Lucerne, Switzerland, and travels frequently to India on official responsibilities.

With Mr. Schlichting chairing the Board, Mr. Kiran Karnik continues as Non- Executive Director as does Ms. Shaheen Meeran as Executive Director.
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Strategies for increasing energy efficiency in HVAC systems in Data Centers

These days, everyone�s talking about energy efficiency and green IT. But what exactly is behind it all? Well in most cases, it is the attempt to reduce operating costs while maintaining the necessary and required levels of operational reliability. Climate control technology and the corresponding instrumentation and control technology offer particu-larly significant savings potential here.

When we talk about energy efficiency in Data Centers, the first thing that springs to mind is server room HVAC, in other words, optimum airflow management, use of water-cooled racks, hot and cold aisles (with enclosures if necessary) etc. But climate control is not limited to server rooms alone. There are other rooms (the UPS room, for example) which also need to be cooled and which, because they have the same redundancy re-quirements, can be connected to the same cooling system.

Designing the right cooling system
When designing a cooling solution, it always makes sense to aim for a centralized cool-ing system. One which will provide optimum energy efficiency for the entire Data Center, including all ancillary rooms and spaces.

The decision on which system is to be used should be finalised at a very early planning stage of the project. To aid the decision-making process, the different systems must be compared � this includes an analysis of investment costs and all operational costs (power consumption, maintenance and service costs etc.).

It is important to consider the cooling system as a whole, before any commitment to in-dividual, highly efficient modules within the overall system is made. Experience from various projects has shown that such an �individual� approach can have negative conse-quences for the overall system, which could otherwise have been avoided.

The early planning stages of a Data Center project have a major influence on operating costs. It is here that the crucial groundwork is laid for a truly energy efficient solution.

Factors influencing operating costs
Apart from examining the computer room, we also need to take a closer look at the hy-draulics of the chilled water piping. Here, our aim must be to optimize both the primary (chilled water generation loop) and the secondary circuits (distribution loop).

In addition to the pipe dimensions and pumping capacities, the choice of hydraulic con-trol system needs to be considered. Through parallel operation of all the devices in the cooling circuit (including the redundant ones), it is possible to improve the system�s effi-ciency. However, this needs to be calculated in advance, as the effect is not always economical.

Other factors influencing operating costs are:

1. The geographic location of the Data Center
2. The location of the computer room within the building
3. Potential short-circuiting and turbulences between intake and exhaust air
4. Suboptimal system temperatures for air and water mediums
5. Stringent ambient humidity requirements

Changing the geographic location is often very difficult as this is dictated by factors such as property ownership, existing Data Centers which have to be adapted, etc. But even here, it is possible to use structural modifications to make suboptimal geographic loca-tions more favourable. The physical location of the computer room within the building should, as far as possible, be free from outside influences such as external walls and windows and warm adjacent rooms. Air short-circuits can be avoided by using the famil-iar enclosed hot aisle/cold aisle rack arrangement.

If temperatures in the water circulation system are too low, the opportunities for free cooling are reduced. Here, there are often significant savings to be made by simply rais-ing temperatures. A possible temperature increase needs to be checked ahead of time, so that operational reliability can be guaranteed. And nominal ambient temperatures are frequently set too high. In such cases, reductions in operational costs are possible by making the appropriate adjustments and by ensuring the highest possible exhaust air temperatures.

Now we have to tackle the question of how to minimize the above influences and how to assess the necessary structural and technical infrastructure modifications in order to facilitate targeted intervention.

Measurement, Monitoring and Control
There�s only one rule for improving the efficiency of your facility: measure, measure, measure! Without measuring, it is impossible to control or regulate. And of course, it�s simply not enough to obtain a single set of measurements from the systems and then adjust their settings once and for all time. The measurement data must be analyzed and the system parameters reviewed on a regular basis during day-to-day Data Center opera-tions.

Pro-active energy management with energy data analysis, benchmarking and sophisti-cated reporting procedures will go a long way to making the job easier. But these re-sults must be regularly interpreted and conclusions drawn if the systems are to be oper-ated in an energy optimized and energy efficient way. An action plan can be a valuable aid to implementing these insights right away. Which is why investing in efficient moni-toring systems will always guarantee a rapid return on investment (ROI).

The following rule applies to Data Centers: There�s nothing as consistent as change! All Data Centers are continually changing � sometimes within very short time spans, and that means that the corresponding technical infrastructure has to be adapted to meet growing and changing IT specification frameworks.

But what should we measure � and why?
There are a whole lot of things to be measured and monitored. The diagnostic possibili-ties extend far beyond simple temperature, humidity and power consumption measure-ments.

Apart from measuring, recording and storing consumption and status data, it is also pos-sible to monitor behaviour patterns within the Data Center and all its ancillary and service rooms. Improvements can be achieved by monitoring door positions, for example, as they affect the air-conditioning. In this way, it is possible to monitor operational proc-esses and thus show staff how operational cost-savings can be achieved by adopting different behavioural codes and structures.

If a monitoring system is to be used in a rational and results-oriented way, it is vital that data relating to all types of consumption be collected, i.e. electric power and water as well as other mediums such as gas or oil, where applicable.

Furthermore, all the status data outlined above must be recorded. This includes:

1. Water volume
Necessary for the adjustment and fine-tuning of the systems and hydraulics. Cor-responding control features within the piping system and on the pumps must be provided.

2. Air volume
Also required for adjustment and fine-tuning. Here too, mechanisms for adjust-ing the air volume in the air duct network and on the fan units are essential.

3. Water system temperatures
Temperatures are recorded for evaluation purposes, so that the nominal tem-peratures can be raised, if required. They also enable conclusions to be drawn with regard to the utilization levels and effectiveness of the cooling supply.

4. Cold energy meters
Measurement of actual cold energy consumption in individual sectors for monitor-ing system utilization and, where necessary, billing of Data Center subtenants.

5. Air temperatures
These measurements provide data which can be evaluated in many different ways. They offer considerable opportunities for adjustment and energy efficient control across the board. The following temperature data should be collected:
a. External temperatures
b. Exhaust air temperature from the computer room
c. Computer room intake air temperature
d. Air temperatures in all racks
e. Ambient temperature

6. Humidity readings
Here it is particularly important to ensure that the prescribed ambient humidity spectrum is not too narrowly defined. More sensitive IT equipment requiring a narrower control band could, for example, be placed in a separate computer room with more precise humidity control. This cuts down on excessive operating ex-penses for cost-intensive humidification and dehumidification for the remaining IT equipment.

7. Power consumption
Monitoring of power consumption for both, the entire infrastructure and the IT equipment. The relationship between infrastructure and IT equipment must be in-dividually reflected in the measurement data. In this way, values such as PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness), DEC (Data Center Efficiency) or DI-EER (Site In-frastructure � Energy Efficiency Ratio) are continually recorded, to provide a pic-ture of the Data Center�s overall efficiency. One way of obtaining power data from the racks is to deploy rack-mount Smart Power Strips. Care should be taken to measure all system components individually, for better analytical results. If power consumptions are recorded individually and represented as load curves, the load curves can then be overlaid to reveal reciprocal influences between individual components.

8. Monitoring door positions (or window positions, where relevant), room lighting (on or off), number of persons present in the room etc., facilitates better analysis of the gathered data.

When choosing control features, care must be taken that they do not use increased en-ergy input to throttle down the systems, as this would result in increased pressure losses.

One of the prime objectives of monitoring is to detect load peaks, which enables correc-tive action to be taken to counteract these peaks. High load requirements at high exter-nal temperatures, for example, can be cushioned by providing additional storage tanks or by reducing the external air temperature before it hits the cooling system�s roof-mounted heat exchanger. This can be achieved by using a hybrid chiller plant, for ex-ample. The cost of wetting the cooling surface is less than the savings gained from the resulting improved efficiency levels of the heat exchanger.

Logging the external temperature is particularly important for the subsequent evaluation and appraisal of a system�s efficiency. Such diagnostic procedures can explain vari-ances in system performance, as considerable deviations become manifest, particularly when free cooling is utilized.

Decisions on measurement methods and parameters must be taken before a monitoring system application is planned. Monitoring allows complex processes to be simplified and represented in a uniform way. Rapid access to all the relevant data means that all necessary adjustments can be made faster, more flexibly and more productively. => Improved Performance

Improved efficiency is also achieved because the monitoring system can serve all a building�s technical systems. For this reason, it is advisable to take a holistic view of the building and all its different systems and spaces when designing a monitoring system.

Further strategies for improving efficiency
One of the currently more popular methods of performing a Data Center cooling audit is computer-simulated airflow modelling. The technique employs software tools (CFD software) to provide graphic simulations which allow potential hot-spots to be detected. It also enables you to examine, in advance, the effects of different settings configura-tions in technical systems. But it must be said that this procedure is quite complex and thus cost-intensive. And the system cannot be used without specialist skills � it is advis-able to call in an expert, well-versed in its operation.

Thermal imaging is a simpler and more cost-effective method of graphically recording thermal conditions in existing Data Centers. Thermal imaging cameras can either be purchased or leased and learning to work with them is easy. The images they produce show up weak spots in the HVAC system, and allow them to be analyzed.

Summary
We can conclude that is only possible to achieve an optimum improvement in the energy efficiency of a Data Center when all types of data are both measured and recorded. Without the evaluation of this data, any adjustments to technical systems will only be piecemeal measures and when only a few, individual areas are scrutinized, it can even have negative effects in other areas. Which is why it is always necessary and sensible to take a holistic viewpoint.

Furthermore, there are significant savings to be made by checking, reassessing and if necessary, correcting boundary values.

Another important factor is the constant monitoring of energy consumption and continual comparison with the framework parameters (all internal and external temperatures). An intelligent monitoring system is ideally suited to this.

It is advisable to communicate all analysis information to personnel having day-to-day contact with the Data Center, so that they may gain a better understanding of the techni-cal systems and influential factors. In this way, it is possible to avoid errors caused by the lack of knowledge and ingrained behavioural patterns of those dealing with the Data Center.