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The Role of Energy Star Ratings in Increasing Energy Optimization and Reducing Data Center Costs

on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | energy savings environmental monitoring
For many of us, Energy Star ratings are a useful benchmark we use when purchasing a new washer, dryer, refrigerator, etc. It’s hard to find a downside in reducing our household power usage, lowering our utility bills, and helping the environment. And frankly, it’s not that different for those of us who work within the data center industry: there isn’t really any downside to reducing the operational expenses associated with energy use so long as uptime and service delivery is unaffected. 
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Data Center Efficiency: You Can’t Change What You Can’t Measure

on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 By | Tom Larson | 0 Comments | environmental monitoring power management energy savings
Today’s data centers are taking the heat both literally and figuratively. With equipment generating enormous amounts of thermal energy, data centers continue to shovel operational funds into cooling as energy costs steadily climb. Environmental optimization is so demanding that Emerson Network Power cites that cooling and energy make up 44% of the average data center’s cost of ownership. These shocking levels of energy consumption have led to much rebuttal in the media — particularly the negative environmental impact of the data center industry’s staggering 200% increase in power consumption between 2005 and 2010 in addition to the more modest, but nonetheless concerning, 36% increase between 2005 and 2012 .
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Why Aren't Data Centers Hotter?

on Fri, May 27, 2016 By | Tom Larson | 0 Comments | environmental monitoring power management energy savings dcim
Research says IT equipment can run warmer, but data centers aren’t raising temperature to save money.
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Making the Move to Wire-Free Sensor Networks in Your Data Centers

on Fri, May 20, 2016 By | Tom Larson | 1 Comment | environmental monitoring energy savings dcim active rfid
RF Code provides open, secure wire-free environmental and power monitoring and real-time IT asset tracking solutions that reduce the time and cost of discovering, tracking, and monitoring IT assets and the environments in which they’re located. These solutions are easily configured to meet the exact nature of a company’s most critical asset challenge.
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How Subscription Pricing Reduces Data Center Costs for the "Little Guys"

There has been a growing trend of bringing data centers to the masses. While many of the country’s largest companies own or lease vast amounts of space with hundreds of servers and an appropriately robust staff to manage them, this is not a model that’s conducive to the needs of every business. Moving traditional data center services to the cloud has done much to help small and mid-sized organizations, as the costs of deploying and maintaining IT resources onsite can be eliminated, but the real savings that smaller scale companies urgently need can be found in subscription pricing cloud services for data centers. Without having to worry about capital expenditures and IT asset allocation, both newcomers and experienced (yet small) data center staff can spend more time focusing on what’s most important: developing operational expertise in real-time and effective data center management.   
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Tech Trends: The Importance of Monitoring in Hot-Aisle Containment

Thoughts from Datacenter Dynamics Enterprise While exhibiting at the recent DatacenterDynamics Enterprise event in New York City, I had the opportunity to attend a thought-provoking session from Sabey Data Centers: Technology innovation in the data center - improving PUE and WUE and the Mobile Commissioning Assistant. While the VP of Operations was highlighting the different designs and builds of their data centers, he also addressed the different cooling models that each facility used. It was interesting to learn how the various data centers dealt with cooling by using different techniques, each unique to the facility’s layout and surrounding environment. It led me to think about the link between cooling and RF Code’s work in data center optimization, and how no cooling model can be complete without a variety of monitoring solutions. 
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Introducing CenterScape Cloud by RF Code

We are pleased to introduce CenterScape Cloud by RF Code. This is the next advancement in our leading asset management and environmental monitoring solution for the data center. With CenterScape Cloud, organizations now have complete flexibility in how they deploy, pay for, integrate with and scale our solution.
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New Year, New Data Center – What Are Your Resolutions?

on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | environmental monitoring energy savings dcim asset management TCO
Each year brings a host of new developments for the data center industry and 2016 is likely to be no exception. Facilities come in every shape and size, so Here are some of our favourites.
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Infographic: Freezing Data Facilities

Oh the weather outside is frightful ... but if you're overcooling your data centers we'll bet your operational expenses are anything but delightful! Take a look at the steps some organizations around the world are taking to keep temperatures down without wasting cash on power and cooling.
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Infographic: Dawn of the Data

on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 By | RF Code | 1 Comment | energy savings dcim big data infographics
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