How to Save a Million Kilowatt Hours in Your Data Center

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Summary

Users can dramatically improve data center energy efficiency by implementing 11 best practices for cooling.

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  • Analysis
    • The Best Practices
      • Plug holes in the raised floor (retrofit).
      • Install blanking panels (retrofit and new).
      • Coordinate CRAC units (retrofit).
      • Improve underfloor airflow (retrofit).
      • Implement hot aisles and cold aisles (retrofit and new).
      • Install sensors (retrofit and new).
      • Implement cold-aisle or hot-aisle containment (retrofit and new).
      • Raise the temperature in your data center (retrofit and new).
      • Install variable speed fans and pumps (retrofit and new).
      • Exploit "free cooling" (new).
      • Design new data centers using modular cooling (new).
    • Conclusion
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