7 Best Practices for Data Center Energy Efficiency

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The high cost of data center downtime has made availability of IT capacity the most important metric on which a data center is evaluated.  However, data centers must also operate efficiently and be flexible enough to quickly and cost-effectively adapt to changes in business strategy and computing demand.  While specific systems are normally the focus during efficiency analysis, a cascade-effect has been noted to occur as efficiency improvements at the server component level are amplified through reduced demand on support systems.

This white paper from Emerson defines several of the key steps in Energy Logic, Emerson’s 10 step approach to energy efficiency, which serves as a foundation for data center design.  It discusses the importance of maximized return temperature in cooling units, as well as tailoring your data center’s cooling capacity to its IT loads.  Next, it offers strategies to build a cooling system that reduces the data center’s energy consumption.  Lastly, it stresses the importance of applying customized, appropriate practices to individual data centers, and choosing the practices that make the most sense for your business.

Learn the practices that serve as a foundation for building an energy efficient data center.  Click here to download this white paper from Emerson on modifying these best practices based on the changing conditions in the data center, and creating a data center in which availability, efficiency, and capacity can all be optimized in simple, cost effective ways.

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