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How to Measure Energy Consumption in Your Data Center

Published: 08 September 2010

ID: G00205428

Analyst(s): Rakesh Kumar


Data center energy usage is increasing rapidly, and measurement is key to managing its growth. It's important to prioritize and select the most-pragmatic places to measure energy in a data center.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • The Ideal Approach to Data Center Energy Management
  • The Pragmatic Approach to Data Center Energy Management
  • Readings That Should Be Taken During the Next 18 Months
    • IT Hardware (Server, Networking or Storage Component)
    • Rack
    • Electrical Facilities
  • Readings More Appropriate for Data Center Operators and Hosting Companies
    • Data Center Building Facilities
    • Data Center Building
  • Readings More Appropriate to a Workload-Based Approach
    • VM

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