Top 6 Ways to Improve Data Center Efficiency

Posted by Chris Parlee on Aug 26, 2015

By Daniel Bodenski, PE, LEED AP, Director of Strategic Solutions

The data center has become a staple of modern society, making the technology that we use every day possible.  Today, everyone from small start-up organizations to multi-billion dollar corporations utilize mission-critical facilities to house their vital data, and as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data continue to proliferate, our demand for more data centers will only increase.

With growing energy costs and data center energy consumption nearly 100 times higher than that of a typical commercial building, data center owners and operators are placing a higher focus on improving energy efficiency within their facilities.  Maintaining energy efficiency is critical to running a reliable, high-capacity, and cost-efficient mission-critical facility.  At Electronic Environments Co. (EEC), we are dedicated to enabling our clients to develop the most efficient and profitable data centers possible, allowing for maximum uptime while minimizing capital and operational costs.

When it comes to data center energy efficiency, there are six key ways you can improve your bottom line while still ensuring total reliability.  Below, we will examine these key strategies and help you answer the question, “How can my data center be more energy efficient?”

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Tags: Efficiency, Reduce Costs, PUE

Data Center Trends, Looking Back and Forward

Posted by Chris Parlee on Feb 2, 2015

By Kevin O’Brien, President, Mission Critical Construction Services, EEC

My experience in the data center industry goes back to the nineteen-eighties while working as a facilities manager for a large financial services company headquartered in NYC. Data centers were commonly located in New York City in the same building where their trading and office spaces were located.

The 1980s and 1990s
In 1988, we built our first remote site data center facility outside NYC, dedicated to only data and telecommunications. The site was an old ITT communication HUB in New Jersey that used to house the link for the ‘Hot Line’ between Washington DC and Moscow. Everything was pretty much analog in those days. Having the remote site allowed us to increase the redundancy and reliability of the electrical and mechanical systems. There was no Tier-certification system back then, but we were able to meet what would now be considered an equivalent of a Tier II standard on the electrical and even went to the equivalent of 2N on the UPS. The load-in data centers back then ranged from only 35 to 50 watts per square feet maximum. More and more companies began choosing remote sites throughout the 90s as fiber and demands for more computers at a higher reliability grew. It was not surprising that in 1989, the 7x24 Exchange started to publish articles and share common experiences on how to improve reliability. Then in the early 90s, The Uptime Institute was born, as was the creation and administration of the widely adopted, “Tier certifications”.

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Tags: Efficiency, Datacenter, construction, PUE, HVDC

New Online Course Helps Data Center Operators Get Management Buy-in

Posted by John Thornell on Oct 22, 2014

EEC clients that run efficient, reliable data centers tend to have one thing in common: Management buy-in.

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Tags: Efficiency, Datacenter, data center energy management, Best Practices, Koomey, Datacenter Dynamics

Tough Data Center Cooling Efficiency Scenarios

Posted by Dasha Bushmakin on Nov 7, 2013

Here are a few situations that may pose a challenge for cooling data centers: 

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Tags: Data Center, Efficiency, Cooling

Improving the Reliability, Efficiency and Effectiveness of a Vintage Data Center

Posted by Dasha Bushmakin on Oct 15, 2013

Data centers are supporting more users, data and technologies. Platforms must be high-density, efficient and easy to manage.

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Tags: Data Center, Efficiency, Improving, Reliability, Effectiveness, Vintage

2013 Data Center Trends & Efficiency Survey

Posted by Dasha Bushmakin on Aug 12, 2013

ServerLIFT Corporation conducted an anonymous survey at a large technology trade show in USA to determine data center trends and examine efficiency specific to equipment handling practices.

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Tags: Data Center, Efficiency, Survey, Trends