10 Steps to Increasing Data Center Efficiency and Availability - Slide 3

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To gain a comprehensive picture of data center power consumption, power should be monitored at the Uninterrumpible Power Supply (UPS), the room Power Distribution Unit (PDU) and within the rack. Measurements taken at the UPS provide a base measure of data center energy consumption that can be used to calculate Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and identify energy consumption trends. Monitoring the room PDU prevents overload conditions at the PDU and helps ensure power is distributed evenly across the facility.

The best view of IT power consumption comes from the power distribution units inside racks. Rack PDUs now feature integrated monitoring and control capabilities to enable continuous power monitoring. Because rack power consumption varies based on the specific equipment within the rack and its load, each rack should be equipped with a PDU— two for dual bus environments—capable of monitoring power consumption to the rack PDU, as well as overload-protected receptacle groups and, where required, at the receptacle level.

These systems can provide PDU, branch-level and receptacle-level monitoring of volts, kilowatts (kW), amps and kW per hour. This provides the most direct measure of power consumption available to data center management and supports both higher data center efficiency and availability. In addition to more effective power management, rack PDUs are used to support more accurate chargeback of IT services and identify stranded capacity.

The first decade of the 21st century was one of rapid growth and change for data centers. For most of the decade, data center managers were forced to react to rapid, continuous changes dictated by the capacity and availability requirements of their organizations, and the density of the equipment being deployed to meet those requirements.

Now, data centers must enter a new stage of maturity marked by a more proactive approach to management to enable increased efficiency, better planning and higher levels of service. Achieving actionable visibility into data center operations requires the ability to collect, consolidate and analyze data across the data center, using advanced devices, sensors and management software.

The 10 steps outlined by Emerson Network Power, and highlighted in this slideshow, provide a systematic approach to building the foundation for data center infrastructure management by deploying and leveraging measurement, intelligent controls and centralized monitoring and management. Data centers employing these 10 prescribed point solutions for infrastructure performance monitoring stand to gain an operational, strategic and transformative advantage for their enterprise or business.

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