Data Center Energy Efficiency Guide

In the data center business, energy efficiency is a business imperative. Soaring power usage has intensified the focus on the IT power bill and how it can be managed. Data center efficiency has become a C-suite concern. Fortunately, some of the industry’s leading data center operators and vendors have shared tips on strategies and best practices in design and operations. Data Center Knowledge brings these together in a series called the Data Center Energy Efficiency Guide. Here are the stories:

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Most discussions centre on what happens inside the centre. How can you tell how efficient your chiller is? Is it meeting the manufactures COP? Has it been serviced properly? We have been using a portable refrigeration performance analyser. Results have been very good, faulty expansion valves, condensers clogged with oil, shortage of refrigerant. All on large chillers working under heavy load.

  2. Really great articles, I'm really involved in GreenIT in France, and I would like to translate and publish, all this serie of articles on my blog ... And also, put many links to your site :) Regards.

  3. You can use also the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centers. It is a great paper/guide for Data Centers Energy Efficiency.

  4. The Smartcool Technology can make the compressors in the chillers more efficient by between 15 - 25%. A retrofittable technology, proven with C&W, Vodafone, Telefonica, IBM and Colt and many more. Third party testing by U.S. Dept. of Energy - this is the perfect technology with usual paybacks under 2 years.

  5. Yuri Tijerino

    I have actually been recycling server heat during past 3 winters at my Utah home. I have a micro-data center (30+ CPUs) in my basement, which I created from the ground up. It is fully enclosed on 8-inch concrete walls, fully insulated with anti-static material and is about 100SqrFt. It is fully redundant in all senses: Three, bonded broadband connections (BGP), UPS systems and unattended power generator for blackouts, redundant gateways and routers and and offsite redundant rack at my office in Japan, with a backup server at my Japan home. Anyway, I have been wondering what to do with the heat produced by the servers during the summer and whether it would be possible to generate electricity from it. Maybe I should use it heat my water. Any ideas?

  6. This is absolutely fantastic :) Thankyou for putting this online! !!


    The Information provide is excellent. I am a Data Centre Operator and find it very informative.. Thanks. Hope to do Business in the future.