Minkels releases ROI Calculation Tool on data centre aisle containment, proving energy reduction

Minkels today releases a white paper on ROI calculation for investments in aisle containment – for enhanced energy efficiency.

Online PR News – 16-March-2016 – Veghel, the Netherlands – Minkels, a global solution provider delivering modular and energy efficient data centre solutions, part of listed company Legrand (Euronext Paris: LR), today releases a white paper on ROI calculation for investments in aisle containment – for enhanced energy efficiency. The new Minkels white paper provides a well-substantiated calculation model and all the parameters required to calculate achievable returns of aisle containment investments.

Aimed at further reducing data centre energy consumption and addressing corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies, Minkels’ newest white paper ‘ROI Calculation Tool - Evaluate the return on investment (ROI) of an aisle containment’ is being launched during the Light + Building event in Frankfurt, Germany. This white paper can also be downloaded here: www[dot]minkels.com/whitepaper. The event, one of the world’s leading trade fairs for lighting and building services technology, is taking place at Messe Frankfurt from March 13-18, 2016. At Light + Building, Minkels can be found in booth B86.

“Utilisation of aisle containment in the white space provides tremendous opportunities for data centre operators and its users to save on energy consumption,” said Niek van der Pas, Lead Data Centre Expert at Minkels and author of the white paper. “Minkels has reckoned that an energy reduction of at least 30% to 40% is feasible just by installing aisle containment infrastructure, called Cold Corridors by Minkels, but the actual energy and cost savings depend on user-specific situations. The Minkels ROI Calculation Tool, extensively described in this white paper is helping users to determine their achievable returns.”

ROI calculation model

The Minkels white paper, ‘ROI Calculation Tool - Evaluate the return on investment (ROI) of an aisle containment,’ provides a calculation model and all the ingredients required to make the right calculations for a user-specific ROI. These ROI calculation ingredients include for example aisle containment costs and airflow optimisation.

“This whitepaper is packed with hands-on technical information required for aisle containment investment decision making,” said Christiaan van Terheijden, CEO of Minkels. “All this is framed by a managerial context providing data centre operators the ability to monetise the real efficiency value of aisle containment deployments and calculate the actual return on investment of user-specific layouts. An Atos customer case study and the inclusion of some tax incentive suggestions for energy efficient data centre equipment make the managerial value complete.”

High-density - Big Data, IoT

Isolating hot airflows from cold airflows through aisle containment application saves on energy costs while ensuring that the IT equipment is being cooled within the manufacturers' specifications. It also prevents the emergence of hot spots which can cause equipment failure and data centre outages. Further, when deploying high-density infrastructure for Big Data or IoT purposes, aisle containment ensures optimal operating efficiencies by a uniform distribution of cooling air temperature.

Cooling systems and also power infrastructure are the other main ingredients for establishing energy efficient, predictable and reliable data centre infrastructure.

About the white paper

The Minkels white paper 08, ROI Calculation Tool - Evaluate the return on investment (ROI) of an aisle containment, is one in a series of Minkels white papers sharing valuable data centre knowledge on managerial and technical levels. These white papers can be downloaded from: www[dot]minkels.com/whitepaper.

During Light + Building, Minkels will also release the latest version of its corporate magazine, featuring an article on the ROI calculation white paper. Next to that, the Minkels Magazine features international customer case studies, an article on the renewed European EN 50600 standard, and an in-depth interview with Eric Schwartz, President EMEA, Equinix, amongst other articles. The magazine can be downloaded from: http://www.minkels.com/magazine_EN_2016-1.

About Minkels

Minkels (www.[dot]minkels.com) is a knowledge-driven manufacturer and global supplier of high quality total solutions for data centre infrastructure. The Minkels brand forms a part of the brand portfolio of Legrand, a public company (quoted on NYSE Euronext Paris: LR) with global sales in the markets of low voltage equipment, data networks and data centres. Legrand has a presence in more than 180 countries and had earnings of 4.8 billion Euros in 2015.

Modular design and energy-efficiency are the core principles behind the extensive Minkels portfolio. The modular design of data centre products ensures highly scalable customer solutions that adapt to the dynamic needs of a data centre environment. Due to its expertise in energy-efficiency, Minkels was asked to contribute to the European guidelines for fitting out energy-efficient data centres, the so-called Code of Conduct for Data Centres.

The Minkels product portfolio includes modular solutions for data centre housing (VariconÂŽ); data centre cooling, including DX cooling for small server rooms and Cold CorridorÂŽ aisle containment solutions (VariConditionÂŽ); data centre power distribution (VariconPowerÂŽ); data centre monitoring (VariControlÂŽ); as well as a broad range of data centre accessories.