Tackling Data Center Energy Efficiency Challenges

Advances in server equipment and the need for high density computing continue to drive up energy consumption in the data center. With this increased consumption comes an increased price tag, both in energy prices and the capital costs associated with the infrastructure that provides energy and cooling. This white paper from Schneider Electric outlines a software-based approach to the data gathering, trending, and analysis that are necessary to apply a successful energy efficiency measures in data center environments.

Currently, the typical 3-year cost (operating expenses + amortized capital expenses) of powering and cooling servers is approximately 1.5 times the cost of the server hardware itself, and the projections for 2012 go much higher. Energy efficiency measures are thus of high importance for data center designers, operators, and owners.

An energy reduction strategy involves a large amount of energy usage data and a large number of computations. This paper shows how the implementation of a hardware and software monitoring systems allows the gathering of energy usage data and the analysis of this data to achieve maximum energy savings. Click here to download this white paper.

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About the Author

Kevin Normandeau, is a veteran of the technology publishing industry having worked at a variety of technology sites including PC World; AOL Computing; Network World; Geek.com and International Data Group (IDG). Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. When he is not in front of the computer (which is most of the time) he likes to get out to ski, hike and mountain bike.

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