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Sensors Enable Data Center Efficiency

Posted in air-flow, airflow, data-center, dynamic-infrastructure, efficiency, ibm, integration, management, sensors on February 7th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

IBM will boost data center temperature and leverage sensors to navigate optimized energy efficiency. …

… “It includes thousands of sensors that dynamically monitor temperature, humidity, air flow and circuits all of which is integrated into the building’s management and IT systems. ” …

Via Computerworld: IBM new data center

CFD Airflow Modeling for Data Center Temperature

Posted in air-flow, airflow, cfd-computational-fluid-dynamics, data-center, density, hot-spots, model, rack-design, servers, temperature-control on January 3rd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Computational fluid dynamics modeling can be deployed to understand data center temperature situations. …

… “CFD is useful for illustrating how to increase rack densities and server installations without creating additional hot spots and airflow issues. ” …

Via Processor: Data Center Temperature

Cisco Data Center Energy Savings

Posted in air-flow, airflow, best-practice, cisco, data-center, energy-efficiency, power-savings, reduce-cooling-costs, techniques, temperature-control on December 28th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Cisco deploys air flow management techniques and temperature increase to drive energy savings in its data center. …

… “Cisco said the 8 degree F increase provided a 30 percent reduction in power required for cooling. Cisco used two techniques in parallel to improve the 7,000-sq.-ft. data center’s energy efficiency: a set of best practices that included blanking panels and plastic curtains to prevent mixing of supply and return air … ” …

Via Environmental Leader: Cisco Data Center

Toyota Green Data Center uses IBM Measurement Tech

Posted in air-flow, airflow, cooling-system, energy-costs, green-data-center, green-it-solutions, green-it-strategy, ibm, pilots, reduce-power-consumption, scanning-technology, state-california, temperature-control, thermal-analysis, toyota on October 13th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

IBM collaborates with Toyota Motor Sales, USA and Southern California Edison to lower energy costs in Toyota’s data center using measurement technology that identifies and reduces energy consumption. The measurement tech pinpointed opportunities to adjust air flow and increase temperature setpoints and, ultimately, to reduce the cooling load. Real-time sensors were strategically placed around the data center to understand the effects of changes. SCE is evaluating the scalability of this solution across its customer base. …

… “To decrease rising energy consumption and server failure risk, Toyota Motor Sales used IBM’s Measurement and Management Technologies in its 20,000 square foot Torrance, California data center over a five-month period. The multi-level measurement tool assesses thermal readings throughout the data center from floor to ceiling and provides a detailed assessment of the heat distribution by creating a three-dimensional chart which pinpoints power and cooling inefficiencies. By using the scanning technology, researchers are then able to create a base model which is used to implement improvements within existing resources at low costs. During the pilot period, the automaker saw a decrease in high temperature hot spots and energy costs in the data center which houses its application development and testing equipment as well as file-sharing, email and printing capabilities. ” …

Via IBM: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Green Data Center

Cooling Equipment Power

Posted in air-flow, airflow, ambient-air-cooling, cooling-system, efficiency, energy-savings, green-design, microsoft, power-consumption, power-savings on October 12th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Ambient air usage in cooler climates, higher temperature setpoints, and air flow design advancements are all elements of an efficient data center cooling strategy. …

… “The cooling equipment alone can consume 25 percent of the power that goes into a data center, said Christian Belady, an efficiency specialist at Microsoft. ” …

Via New York Times: Energy Savings

Energy-Efficient Data Center Research

Posted in air-flow, airflow, cooling-system, country-korea, eco2st, energy-efficiency, good-practice, green-it-solutions, lg, operations, panel-solutions, project, raised-floor, research, upsite on August 31st, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Upsite Technologies hosts LG and Eco2st team from Korea to research the best way to build a green data center. …

… “Upsite presented the fundamental aspects of optimal data center operation, including cooling and airflow science and best practice KoldLok Raised Floor Grommets and IT equipment server HotLok Blanking Panel solutions to Eco2st, who will present their research findings to LG regarding how to establish a model energy-efficient data center. The Korean government has recently announced a green development policy, designed to promote projects that simultaneously foster good environmental practice and economic development. Eco2st’s report will be posted to a public website and be available for review by members of the Korean government. ” …

Via Upsite: LG team researching energy-efficient data center … (PDF)

Xcel Energy Data Center Efficiency Program Created to Reduce Energy Consumption

Posted in air-flow, airflow, data-center-efficiency-program, energy-efficiency, energy-savings, initiatives, investment, peak-efficiency, power-utilization, program, project, rebate, server-consolidation, server-utilization, xcel-energy on July 15th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Xcel Energy creates a call-to-action for Information Technology managers to make data center energy efficiency a priority, by offering cash rebates energy studies and efficiency improvements. The company will support investment in more efficient servers, virtualization software to drive utilization rates, air flow and cooling optimization, etc. …

Xcel Energy Data Center Efficiency rebates planned

… “Xcel Energy will fund a portion of the study and pay rebates as projects are completed. An approved third-party vendor will conduct an on-site energy evaluation and make recommendations on energy savings, help outline a business case for energy-efficiency investments and detail how to best run the data center at peak efficiency. ” …

Via Xcel Energy: Data Center Efficiency program

UPS Sustainability Efforts Achieve Data Center Savings

Posted in actions, air-conditioning, air-flow, airflow, cooling-system, corporate-sustainability, data-center, electricity-consumption, power-savings, rack-design, report, savings, server-efficiency, ups, water on July 7th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

UPS takes sustainability personally. The company has published its Corporate Sustainability report and provide transparency to the actions it is taking to transform its carbon footprint. The company has already seen the benefits of data center efficiency through implementation of opportunities, classified as “low-hanging fruit”. Expect UPS to continue to raise the bar and be an industry champion for sustainable development. …

UPS Sustainability Program provide report on performance to date

… “We have managed to reduce annual electricity consumption by nearly three million kilowatt hours at Windward Data Center through innovative use of simple but powerful elements: air and water. In one case we re-engineered airflow to adjust hydrostatic pressure and keep cool air where it belonged: surrounding the server racks. That change alone produced a saving of 1.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity. ” …

Via UPS: Corporate Sustainability Report (PDF)

United Parcel Service (UPS) Insights via New Georgia Encyclopedia: “The UPS Windward data center, located in southern Forsyth County, is the central nervous system of UPS’s global technology infrastructure. “

Limit Mixing to Cool Data Center with Less

Posted in adaptiv-cool, air-conditioning, air-flow, airflow, cooling-system, data-centers, efficiency, floor-space, mixing on May 28th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Efficiency is a powerful lever for existing data centers. There is a good chance that your cooling system is oversized for the situation and yet the computer equipment is not being cooled fully. Look to reduce mixing of warm and cool air and implement variable cooling to optimize the cooling requirements. …

… “The primary reason cited for this inefficient cooling is a phenomenon known as mixing where cool and warm air mix before entering server intakes. Recent studies from various industry groups agree that managing airflow and reducing mixing can cut data center cooling costs dramatically and even eliminate the need to build new sites. ” …

Via AdaptivCool: Airflow Newsletter (PDF), November 2008

Don’t Miss Data Center Airflow

Posted in air-flow, airflow, cooling-system, cost-benefits, design, facility-improvement, green-data-center, raised-floor, roi on March 12th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Simple fixes such as airflow losses can save operating costs and green the data center. …

… “the airflow study revealed that the data center’s 2,5000-square-feet of raised floor had problems such as holes around pipes coming in and out of the perimeter walls … ” …

Via Network World: Fix Bad Airflow

Data Center Cooling

Posted in air-conditioning, air-flow, airflow, cooling-system, data-center, efficiency, energy-consumption, floor-space, heat-load, high-efficiency, measurements, optimization, optimize, power-consumption on September 2nd, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Eight data center efficiency tips are shared in this article. …

Data Center cooling efficiency

… “Coordinate cooling. In data centers with high-density heat loads, consider hiring a professional to measure airflows and correct air conditioning problems. ” …

Via Computerworld Sidebar: Efficient Data Center

Raised Floors and Cooling Efficiency: “The key, according to experts, is to route the cool air you have to the right place. The problem is, directing cold air is like trying to herd cats. … “

Sun Eco Cooling Efficiency for Datacenter: “Decrease energy consumption through better optimization of data center air conditioning … “