Microsoft has published a series of articles on how it uses Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) to track and manage the energy efficiency of its huge data centers. The series was put together by Mike Manos (GM of Data Center Services) and Christian Belady (Principal Power and Cooling Architect), and is in three parts:
- An overview of the PUE metric
- Why energy efficiency is a critical cost issue, and why companies are slow to adopt PUE
- A look at the three stages of implementing a good PUE strategy
The series closes with a call to action, and some tips from Mike and Christian on creating incentives to gain buy-in across the organization. Efficiency is a key evaluation criteria for Microsoft's data center managers, a strategy that is part of the company's focus on energy-efficient data centers. The articles are featured on The Power of Software, a new blog from Microsoft to educate software developers and architects about Green IT principles. Links via the Green Data Center blog.