Tag Archives: Energy Efficiency

ASHRAE will urge lower humidity to extend the safe limits for data centers

An ASHRAE study has concluded that data centers can reduce their environmental impact by relaxing their control over humidity. Guidelines published this year will recommend a bigger range of safe humidity levels, as well as letting data centers warm up.

IT equipment is more robust than most users realize, and the influential industry body ASHRAE has argued that data center operators can reduce the energy wasted in cooling data centers more than necessary. This year the body plans to do a similar job for humidity.

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Four major mistakes in data center cooling by Wendy Schuchart

You want to see a data center professional get hot under the collar? Suggest that maybe his data center cooling isn’t all that great. Data center professionals view data center cooling as both a point of pride and frustration – they are each very aware that it’s a constant struggle and even the slightest tweak can make a huge difference – both in saving the planet and saving money for the organization.

Read the source article at Green Data Center News

Renewable Energy and the Colocation Provider

Hyper-scale data center operators like Google, Amazon Web Services, and Apple have been very public about their renewable energy usage and commitments. It’s good for the environment and it makes people look upon them favorably. However, these operators contribute only a small fraction (think around 5 percent) of overall data center energy usage. The multitenant market is driving data center growth, but what is their role in terms of renewable energy?

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The Practicality of Floating Data Centers

Could floating data centers help keep data center infrastructures cool using the water available from the seas below? It’s a whacky thought that’s starting to get some serious consideration from some of the world’s top data center designers. It’s no secret that the Earth is covered by 75% water and water is commonly used to cool equipment in data centers. Given these facts, it became clear that bringing the data center closer to the water could have some serious advantages for data center designers looking to conserve energy. Do the disadvantages outweigh the advantages of using a floating data center?

Read the source article at cloudwedge.com

Reducing Energy Consumption and Cost in the Data Center

It is probably safe to say that most data center managers are dealing with the challenge of increasing data growth and limited IT resources and budgets. With “save everything forever” strategies becoming more prevalent for many organizations, the strain on IT resources will only get worse over time.

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Packet Power: Turn Basic PDUs into “Smart PDUs” …in Minutes

Upgrading your standard un-metered PDU to a fully metered PDU doesn’t have to mean going to the expense of purchasing a new smart PDU along with the costs of adding network cable drops and a massive integration effort with a monitoring program. Packet Power “Smart Cables” simplify the process with the entire solution often costing less than most metered PDUs and can be implemented quickly and easily.

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Geodesic Dome Makes Perfect Data Center Shell in Oregon

Used to build everything from a planetarium in post-WWI Germany to mobile yoga studios at outdoor festivals today, the geodesic dome has proven to be a lasting concept for highly stable structures of any size. Structural stability is a valued goal in data center design, but the idea of building a data center shell using a spherical skeleton that consist of great circles intersecting to form a series of triangles – the most stable shape we know of – is novel.

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Press Release: Crestron Demonstrates Lighting Control Solutions that Meet the Changing Building and Energy Code Requirements

New commercial lighting solutions and space-based design provide tools to easily build energy efficient buildings. 

“We’re changing the lighting control design concept. For far too long the strategy has been to design a system for the entire building and then look at the needs of the individual rooms within the building; our new philosophy is to design a solution for each space first, then connect every space in the building together through a centralized, integrated lighting control solution,” said Brian Daley, Crestron VP of Sales, Commercial Lighting. Crestron is the only controls manufacturer that has the unique capability to do this. And every product we produce works together seamlessly.”

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Forget the big chill, it’s all about the big sell

When it comes to cooling technology, the biggest selling point today is the environmental factor, especially energy efficiency. But just a decade ago, energy efficiency wasn’t even a consideration in the buying equation. Back then, capital cost was the most important selling point. It was all about price.

Read the source article at Green Data Center News