Is Your Data Center Draining Your Bottom Line?

White Paper: Major advancements in UPS and server designs have improved energy efficiency in data centers in recent years. The key to improving overall power efficiency is to look at end-to-end power distribution.

Kevin Normandeau

November 30, 2009

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Data center energy costs as a percent of total revenue are at an all time high. In fact, energy costs are emerging as the second highest operating cost in the IT organization, behind labor. A typical one-megawatt data center consumes 16 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year—roughly equivalent to the energy consumed by 1400 average U.S. households.

This white paper looks at two key ways that data center managers can improve end-to-end energy efficiency: by changing the voltage of power distribution and by taking advantage of new, high-efficiency, multi-mode uninterruptible power systems (UPSs).

This analysis shows that 400V AC power distribution offers a high degree of energy efficiency for modern data centers, significantly reducing capital and operational expenditures and total cost of ownership, compared to 600V AC and traditional 480V AC power systems. Recent developments in UPS technology—including the introduction of transformerless UPSs with new energy management features— further enhance a 400V AC power distribution system to maximize energy efficiency.

The bottom line is new technology options and power distribution strategies can dramatically reduce the cost and carbon footprint of your data center. Down load this white paper from Eaton to learn more.

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