Ten Tips for Improving Data Center Energy Efficiency

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A best practice today is to adopt a hot/cold aisle configuration and increase the cold aisle inlet temperatures to 80.6°F (27°C) as recommended by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). But hot/cold aisle configurations can create hot spots that waste power and cause outages. Balancing the equipment, and then calibrating and continuously monitoring the cold aisle temperature maximizes cooling efficiency and minimizes problems.

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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