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Market Trends: New Power Distribution Architectures for More Efficient Data Centers, 2012

Published: 31 May 2012

ID: G00228400

Analyst(s): Steve Ohr


Builders of data centers agree that electricity conversion is one the most wasteful aspects of the power distribution chain, but disagree about voltages and where to convert AC to DC. We describe the many options, which include DC distribution and highly efficient AC uninterruptible power supplies.

Table Of Contents

Trends in the Market

  • A Sharper Focus on Power Distribution Architectures
    • Alternative Power Distribution Schemes

Market: The Market Is Eyeing DC Power Distribution

  • Advantages of DC Power Distribution

Contrarian View: High-Efficiency AC UPS Systems Will Combat the Need for DC Power Distribution

Vendors to Watch

  • Data Center Infrastructure Suppliers
    • Eaton, Emerson Network Power and APC (Schneider Electric)
    • Delta
    • Other Telecom Component Suppliers


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