Ten Tips for Improving Data Center Energy Efficiency

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Older equipment often uses power inefficiently, and newer servers with a high idle/peak swing (above 50 percent) can overload circuits more frequently when incorrectly allocated and aggregated. Using the PAR4 methodology specified in the Underwriters Laboratories UL2640 standard to determine actual power consumption makes it possible to maximize server capacity while eliminating the risk of overloading circuits under peak utilization.

Data centers are designed for reliability, usually at the expense of efficiency. Such waste increases capital and operational expenditures, and can result in finite resources being exhausted, thereby creating a situation where relentless growth threatens to outgrow the data center. Clemens Pfeiffer, CTO of Power Assure, Inc., a data center infrastructure and energy management solutions provider, outlines 10 steps IT and facility managers can take to improve efficiency without compromising reliability.


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