Optimizing Data Center Design – 7 Best Practices

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Emerson Network Power presents a data and graph rich whitepaper entitled “Seven Best Practices for Increasing Efficiency, Availability and Capacity: The Enterprise Data Center Design Guide.” This document was born from their critical study on “Energy Logic” which is a strategic overview on how efficiency has a cascading effect through the entire data center.

This follow through provides the groundwork needed to enhance the design for a high performing data center. Each practice summarized below is explained in detail with supporting evidence as to why it is an important part of the optimizing process

- Maximize the return temperature at the cooling units
- Match cooling capacity and airflow with IT loads
- Utilize cooling designs that reduce energy consumption
- Select the proper power system
- Design for flexibility
- Enable data center infrastructure management and monitoring
- Utilize local design and service expertise

In of themselves these practices are considered industry best. Packaged together with the supporting evidence and logic that Emerson provides, makes this study a must read for the data center professional charged with optimizing the facility.

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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