Are You Running Out of Power or Cooling?
June 15th, 2009 By: Kevin Normandeau
How do you extend the value of what you have and plan for what you need? Data centers are packing in more power-hungry, heat generating IT systems than ever, and many power and cooling systems are reaching their limits. Older power protection, power distribution and HVAC systems could be bottlenecks to needed expansion. Since these support systems represent 40 percent of the cost of IT equipment, a wholesale upgrade is generally not an option. So, what is the best way to augment and extend existing capacity within the constraints of tight budgets and limited support staff? How can you establish a power and cooling infrastructure that is ready for growth but not over-provisioned for an uncertain future?
This Eaton white paper offers strategies that enable IT managers to:
- Plan a more efficient and adaptable power and cooling infrastructure, starting with an audit of the present state and evaluation of alternative approaches and technologies.
- Monitor and measure power and cooling systems, so they can be managed more effectively and economically.
- Optimize the existing cooling system through mechanical and room layout changes, using relatively inexpensive devices to redirect and concentrate available airflow.
- Augment UPS and power distribution systems by using modular approaches and the latest, high efficiency products.
With simple changes in infrastructure and practices, any data center can extend the value of available backup power and cooling systems—delaying the point where those systems would have to be upgraded to match data center expansion. Click here to download this white paper on data center power and cooling strategies.