Properly Auditing Data Center Power

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Knowledge is Power… and money. When it comes to knowledge of data center energy efficiency, the challenge is in measurement. Proper measurement means proper usage and proper usage a better bottom line.

Turnkey solutions provider PTS and Raritan, a leading provider of secure IT infrastructure management solutions, conducted a sophisticated audit of Raritan’s Data Center. The results show that Raritan utilizes its power wisely, but the greater lesson is about the process of conducting the audit. This whitepaper provides an understanding of what to look for and different ways to understand the results.

Highlighted and discussed are nameplate ratings and assumptions, IT equipment power load vs. total facility power load, and calculating PUE (power usage effectiveness)

Today’s energy expenses only enhance the concerns of running a profitable Data Center which can consume roughly a quarter of an enterprise’s energy demands. This is a real expense in need of real measurement.

So learn the flaws in power measurement and what kind of measurement instrumentation is available such as branch circuit monitors and individual device load measurement, data center environmental aggregators and intelligent PDUs (which provide the ability to monitor the power consumption of any given server, storage unit or other IT device)

Utilizing such measurements and applying the lessons learned from this documented audit demonstrated how Raritan can reduce its OpEx without putting required computing at risk. Learn from this real-world study and assess your own energy situation

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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