Five Best Practices in Enterprise Data Center Design

by Emerson Network Power on 1/15/15 8:46 AM

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As many of us know, in traditional data centers, approximately one-half of the energy consumed goes to support IT equipment while the other half is used by support systems.

Moreover, complexity and critical conditions have increased in recent years.  Since the cost of downtime is high (a full shutdown costs more than € 500,000, source: 2011 National Study on Data Center Downtime), availability of IT capacity is generally an important metric on which data centers are evaluated. Today, however, data centers must also operate efficiently while providing flexibility to quickly adapt to changes in computing demand.

Emerson Network Power conducted a systematic analysis of the energy consumed in data centers and of the various approaches that lead to energy conservation.

We have identified five best practices that represent proven approaches to improve overall data center performance:

1. Maximize the return temperature at the cooling units to improve capacity and efficiency;
2. Match cooling capacity and airflow with IT loads;
3. Utilize cooling designs that reduce energy consumption;
4. Enable data center monitoring to improve capacity, efficiency and availability;
5. Utilize local design and service expertise to extend equipment life, reduce costs and address your data center’s unique challenges.

Do you know further practices that can serve as the foundation for data center design?

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This article was written by: Matej Kordisch, Emerson Network Power. To read more Blogs by Emerson, please visit: http://blog.emersonnetworkpower.com/ 

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Topics: Emerson Network Power, Data Center, data center design, data center infrastructure management, energy, Uptime, monitoring, the green grid, cooling

DVL Shines The Spotlight On Data Center For Using “Less Watts"

by Mike Rinaldi on 5/31/13 8:55 AM

-- Award recognizes Conde Nast / CBRE for significantly reducing energy consumption. -- 

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Bristol, PA – May 29, 2013 –DVL Group, a provider of data center infrastructure management solutions, partnered with 12 data centers to help them save at least 1,000,000 watts of electrical energy.

DVL has officially announced a fourth organization that saved the most watts, which earns them the prestigious Less Watts Award.

The winner of the large category, encompassing data centers greater than 5,000 sq. ft., is Conde Nast / CBRE.  CONGRATULATIONS!!

In addition to honoring the winner with the Less Watts Award, DVL is also making a donation of $1,000 in Conde Nast / CBRE's name to the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC).

“The Less Watts competition has been a blast,” says DVL Chief Executive Officer Mike Beck.  “Everyone who participated was incredibly cooperative, enthusiastic and just really great to work with. We couldn’t be happier to present the award to this outstanding organization and look forward to helping others save energy with our “Less Watts” program.”  

To learn more about how DVL helps its customers use Less Watts with quality solutions from industry leader Liebert to build dynamic, energy efficient data centers, visit www.dvlnet.com.

 

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Topics: data center infrastructure, Data Center, Data Center, Green IT, data center design, data center energy, data center infrastructure management, PUE, efficient data center, DVL, Green Technology, energy, Energy Star, 7x24 exchange

The Green Grid Brings In New Metric For Equipment Use

by Mike Rinaldi on 3/19/13 12:33 PM

Announcement: Says Electronics Disposal Efficiency metric ensures data centers can responsibly handle electronics and electrical equipment at the end of its useful life

11 March 2013 by DatacenterDynamics FOCUS

The Green Grid has launched a new metric to help data center operators and organizations measure how electronic equipment is managed once it reaches end-of-current-use.
The Electronics Disposal Efficiency (EDE) metric is the first universal metric launched by The Green Grid to help end-users of information and communications technologies (ICT) measure their success in the responsible management of outdated equipment.

EDE is a simple metric that helps organizations calculate and measure their progress in improving equipment disposal processes over time, The Green Grid said.

Discarded Electronics and Electrical Equipment (EEE) entering the waste stream is known globally as e-waste or Waste Electronics and Electrical Equipment (WEEE). Examples of WEEE include computers, mobile devices, home entertainment products, toys, and even goods such as refrigerators and stoves.

The definition and monitoring of WEEE worldwide has evolved over the last decade, which has prompted The Green Grid to identify the need to combine the expertise of other organizations who define standards and requirements for e-waste management with its own members’ knowledge and understanding of the e-waste management challenges facing the ICT community.

The Green Grid said the result is the creation of a metric that quantifies how well a corporate consumer of ICT EEE responsibly manages e-waste.

“The Green Grid isn’t trying to redefine any domain-specific terminology in the WEEE arena,” Kathrin Winkler, EMC representative and Board Member of The Green Grid, said.

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DVL Shines The Spotlight On Data Centers For Using Less Watts

 

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Topics: Emerson Network Power, reduce cost, Data Center, Green IT, data center design, data center energy, data center infrastructure management, PUE, Containment, Green Technology, energy, Energy Star, cloud strategy

DVGBC PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium 2013

by Mike Rinaldi on 2/21/13 10:47 AM

Delaware Valley Green Building Council

PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium 2013

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
7:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Temple University
Performing Arts Center
1837 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

REGISTER HERE

Now in its third year, this event brings together industry, education and community leaders to share best practices, ask challenging questions and provide cutting edge information about sustainability in the Delaware Valley.

DVL Group will be presenting their “Less Watts” award to three local organizations that are helping DVL to achieve their pledge of saving 1,000,000 watts of electricity. Find out who the winners are at the event on March 12.

 

Learn More About the Less Watts Program

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Topics: Green IT, data center energy, data center infrastructure management, DVL, Green Technology, energy, Energy Star

13 Data Center Ideas for 2013

by Mike Rinaldi on 2/14/13 1:55 PM

As 2012 draws to a close many of us are planning ahead for 2013, both for our professional and personal lives, formulating a list of goals, objectives, and even a vacation or two. With that in mind I started to create a top-ten list of ‘should do’ items for data center professionals in 2013. However as always I got a bit carried away and had to pare the list down to a manageable baker’s dozen.

One, Take care of yourself. Nothing difficult but an all too important concept many of us take for granted or leaves until we are ‘less busy’. There simply is no better time than the present to start an exercise program, weight and/or health management regime to put a little more energy back into our life. This also includes a little time for some R&R, education and self improvement, and other activities we’ll cover below. Start 2013 with a plan to take care of number one. The data center and IT systems communities wouldn't be the same without you.

Establish a baseline, Inventory your assets, etc...

> Click here to read the rest of the list 

(Originally posted on EfficientDataCenters.com by Jack Pouchet)

 

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Topics: Emerson Network Power, Data Center, Green IT, data center infrastructure management, Containment, efficient data center, Green Technology, energy

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