While there continues to be a bit of difficulty in trying to quantify the energy efficiency of a data center’s IT systems, the efficiency measurement of the data center facility infrastructure is now is a well-defined metric. This article, which examines energy efficiency in the facility, is third article in a series on energy efficiency. Read More
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In the past, IT equipment manufacturers and their data center operators were focused more on maximum performance, not energy efficiency. While the newest generations of computing hardware have continued to increase in performance, they have also become highly focused on energy efficiency. This article is the second installment in a five-part series on energy efficiency. Read More
In the data center realm, maximizing the energy efficiency without impacting the reliability should be the goal of virtually every data center owner or operator. The path to that goal involves some basic design and practices issues, as well as more sophisticated methodologies. Read More
There are many factors that go into a data center’s total cost of ownership (TCO) besides site selection. As part of the Data Center Knowledge Executive Guide Series on Total Cost of Ownership we will look at other factors that impacts a data center build or buy TCO analysis.
There are many factors that go into selecting the proper site for your next data center. As part of the Data Center Knowledge Executive Guide Series on Total Cost of Ownership we will look at how site selection impacts total cost of ownership (TCO). Read More
Like fuel cost to an airline, the cost of energy represents one of the most significant Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) components in the data center. Over the long term it is one of the most variable costs, and based on current and foreseeable trends, it will continue to rise over time. Read More
Total Cost of Ownership “TCO” is basic and easy to calculate; just ask any first year economics or business major. Nonetheless, the true TCO of the data center is somewhat more elusive to project accurately. There are many subtleties which can be overlooked or are simply unaccounted for (or perhaps underestimated), over the operational life of a data center. Read More
Decisions made in the design and build stages will not only affect the total CapEx of the data center, but forever impact its energy efficiency and long term operating costs, as well as limiting the functional life of the data center. Here are a few questions to ask when deciding to build or buy your next data center. Read More
The data center industry is laden with inter-related terms such as Uptime, Tier Levels, Availability, Redundancy and Reliability. In order to make an informed decision it is important to understand what they mean and what is the actual significance for any proposals you are considering in your “Build vs Buy” analysis.
Besides the level of infrastructure redundancy within your data center, consistency of procedures for operations, maintenance and support of the critical infrastructure systems are key to ensuring continuous availability. Read More