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News & Ideas for the Data-Driven Data Center

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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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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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: Five Facts About Asia-Pacific Data Center Energy Use

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Without Power To Its Data Centers, Hong Kong Will Fail

It places number four on IMD’s annual world competitiveness report, has a population of over 7 million, is the most high-rise dense city globally and defines APAC commerciality across the world.
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Efficient Data Center Power Monitoring Made Easy

This blog was originally posted by Julie Brown on Server Technology Inc's Data Center Power Blog.
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Data Center Efficiency: Flirting with Disaster

Some points to ponder:
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Data Center Uptime: Why 0.1% Makes a Difference

This blog entry was originally posted by Xiaotang Ma from our partner, Server Tech Inc. We've seen a lot of negative PR around downtime lately, affecting the likes of American Airlines, LinkedIn, and as of yesterday, the French government. Both the aforementioned disasters and the information contained in this blog highlight the importance of maintaining uptime. Even the slight increase from 99.9% to 100% availability could be the difference between a costly, publicized failure and assurance.  Here are some statistics we've come across recently which support this:
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ASHRAE Compliance: An RF Code Checklist

ASHRAE's latest thermal guidelines present data center operators with the opportunity to significantly reduce their power and cooling expenses.  By carefully monitoring the temperatures in and around your data center assets you can safely increase temperature set points without increasing the risk of equipment failure and downtime.
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