Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) Perspectives: How Key Data Center Stakeholders View PUE

Posted by Chris Parlee on Jul 8, 2015

Originally posted on Data Center Post, July 6, 2015

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

When analyzing the effectiveness of a data center, one of the most critical components to consider is Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), a metric used across the board by mission-critical facility implementation teams, data center owners and operators, and C-level executives to assess a data center’s current and potential energy efficiency.  When used properly, this information can be leveraged to produce a stronger, more efficient mission-critical environment, gain a deeper understanding of competition, and open the door to exploring options for added efficiency improvements such as data center renovations, new builds, or migrations to the cloud or a third-party service provider.  In order for a facility to both evolve and adapt to ever-changing industry climates and customer demands, a deep understanding of what lies under the hood is vital to its success, and data center PUE is no exception.

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Tags: Energy Efficiency, PUE

Transforming Data Center Facilities to Optimize Energy Efficiencies

Posted by Chris Parlee on Jun 2, 2015

By Ken Rapoport, CEO of EEC, a member of the NTT Group that specializes in building and retrofitting data centers for energy efficiency

Many of our clients approach us for assistance in accelerating their energy-efficient data center journeys. Our advice to them is to consider the foundations upon which they build their data center facilities and the assets they deploy inside them, with reliability and energy efficiency top of mind. This will ensure that the data center is ‘ready to perform’ and can accommodate the needs of the business.

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Tags: Data Center, Energy Efficiency, PUE

Let Your Data Center Grow Efficient, Not Old

Posted by Chris Parlee on Apr 14, 2015

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

With growing costs of energy in their facilities, energy conservation seems to be on the top of the priority list for many data center operators.  According to Datacenter Journal and other industry sources, today’s data centers consume approximately 3% of global electricity and produce 200 million metric tons of CO2.  And with the imminent growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, social media and cloud computing, our reliance on these energy hogs shows no signs of subsiding.  While companies strategize new ways to reduce the astronomical cost required to power today’s data centers, they now also have to factor in a more long-term concern – their facilities’ impact on the environment.  One quick way to improve data center efficiency is through the optimization of environmental parameters, specifically Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) / Computer Room Air Handler (CRAH) units.

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Tags: Data Center Maintenance, Data Center, Energy Efficiency, Datacenter, CRAC, data center energy, data centres, Energy, VFD

Improving Data Center ROI with Utility Incentive and Rebate Programs

Posted by Chris Parlee on Sep 30, 2014

By James Stark, Principal of Engineering, EEC

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Tags: data center energy, Energy Savings, Energy Efficiency, Power Usage, conedison, rebate, utility

Watch EEC’s Recorded Webinar “How Utility Incentive Programs Affect Equipment Upgrades”

Posted by John Thornell on Jun 25, 2014

This week EEC’s Jim Stark led a webinar presentation with utility partners ConEdison, NationalGrid and NSTAR.

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Tags: Data Center, utility incentives, Energy Efficiency, nationalgrid, conedison, nstar, Upgrade

Energy Efficiency Improvement Techniques For Data Centers from The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Posted by Dasha Bushmakin on Aug 28, 2013

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Tags: Data Centers, Energy Efficiency, Improvement, Techniques, Electric Power Research Institute, EPRI