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Electrical Efficiency Measurement for Data Centres

Data centre electrical efficiency is rarely planned or managed, with the unfortunate result that most data centres waste substantial amounts. Today it is both possible and prudent to plan, measure and improve data centre efficiency, thereby reducing electrical consumption and improving power densities, so that more IT equipment can be installed in a given site.

Deploying High-Density Zones in a Low-Density Data Centre

New breakthroughs in power and cooling technology allow for a simple and rapid deployment of self-contained high-density zones within an existing or new low-density data centre. The independence of these high-density zones allows for preditable and reliable operation of high-density equipment without a negative impact on the performance of existing low-density power and cooling infrastructure.

Monitoring Physical Threats in the Data Centre

Traditional methodologies for monitoring the data centre environment are no longer sufficient. With technologies such as blade servers driving up cooling demands and regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley driving up security requirements, the physical environment in the data centre must be watched more closely. Find out more about the threats that exist regarding a class of

Preventive Maintenance Strategy for Data Centres

In the wider discussion about how to save costs and energy in the data centre, physical infrastructure preventive maintenance (PM) is sometimes neglected as an important tool for controlling TCO and downtime. PM is performed specifically to prevent faults from ocurring, but IT and facilities managers can improve systems uptime through a better underderstanding of

Hot Aisle vs. Cold Aisle Containment

Both hot and cold air containment can significantly improve the predictability and efficiency of data centre cooling systems. While both approaches eliminate the mixing of hot and cold air, there are practical differences in implementation that have significant consequences. This paper examines both methodologies and highlights the reasons why hot aisle containment emerges as the

How To Run An Efficient Data Centre

In the recession, businesses face the challenge of achieving more with less. At the same time, environmental concerns mean that society as a whole must use less power and reduce its carbon emissions. With virtualisation, and newer hardware, the fact is companies can achieve energy savings at the same time as improving the performance of

Top Five Issues for Server Administration

Managing servers in order to maximize their availability represents a critical objective for most IT staff. In particular, server administrators need to know where the systems are located; what hardware and software is present on each; whether the server is secure; and if the server is performing optimally and functioning properly. However, they also need

Power Distribution Considerations for Data Center Racks

As data centers strive to become highly available as well as effi cient, an important aspect of the entire data center infrastructure that needs special attention is their power distribution strategy. an EPA study mentioned that the power consumption costs of a data center can account for as much as 30 percent of a company’s

Managing IT in Tough Economic Conditions

In this white paper Ben Grimes, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Avocent Corporation, stresses the importance of corporate IT strategy in the current tough economic climate. The CTO goes on to give his personal insight on what companies can do to contain costs and improve processes when they feel the effects of