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The economy of energy in data
centers is a delicate balance, as
you need to precisely manage
the temperatures of multiple different
locations to keep servers cool enough for
optimal functionality. Even if you have
the proper server room configuration,
you may not be using energy effectively.
This is a frequent problem for FMs and
one that many don’t know they have.
The Green Grid, a global group of companies, government agencies, educational institutions, and individuals aiming
for efficiency in IT and data centers, has
developed a new multi-metric system to
test a data center’s cooling performance
and provide opportunities to achieve
“The added demands of availability,
capacity and sustainability placed on
the data center have left many operators
searching for a comprehensive under-
standing of their facility,” says Roel
Castelein, Marketing Chair of Europe,
the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) for
the Green Grid.
The Performance Indicator addresses
availability, capacity and sustainability
through three distinct metrics: power
ratios, thermal conformance and thermal
resilience. These metrics address how
equipment is cooled when it is running
normally, when it needs maintenance,
and when it is failing. This ensures FMs
can not only manage efficiency, but also
prepare for incidents where systems may
not work correctly.
“In order to establish a more complete
view of facility cooling, the requirement
to calculate cooling effectiveness and the
data center’s future thermal state is critical,” explains Castelein.
The proper cooling system in a server
room is critical to your building’s energy
bill and the technological upkeep necessary for operation. Management of these
systems can be tricky, but tools like the
Performance Indicator help address efficiency plans in data centers.
For more information on the Performance Indicator and other efficiency
solutions, visit www.thegreengrid.org.
DATA CENTER COOLING PERFORMANCE can now
be tracked with a multi-metric system that tests