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Net Zero or Zero Carbon: Differences and Implications

By John Peterson | Jun 11, 2024

Net Zero or Zero Carbon: Differences and Implications In the quest for sustainability, terms like "net zero" and "zero carbon" are sometimes used interchangeably, leading to confusion about their true meanings and implications. While both concepts aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they differ in their approaches and the extent of their environmental impact. What […]
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The Limitations of Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) as a Data Center Efficiency Metric

By John Peterson | Jun 10, 2024

Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) has long been the standard metric for evaluating the energy efficiency of data centers.  Introduced by The Green Grid, PUE is defined as the ratio of total facility energy consumed to the energy consumed by the IT equipment.  While PUE has been instrumental in driving awareness and improvements in data center […]
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Energy Efficiency and Increasing Data Center Temperatures Without Risk

By John Peterson | Jun 04, 2024

Energy Efficiency and Increasing Data Center Temperatures Without Risk Even when ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.09 released the Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments, a path to improve efficiency was laid out to be followed.  And with each update additional energy savings could be found as the group found that IT equipment was becoming much more […]
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Chilled Water Thermal Energy Storage Tanks for Data Centers

By John Peterson | May 29, 2024

Chilled Water Thermal Energy Storage Tanks for Data Centers In the need to keep data centers online, maintaining optimal temperatures is crucial.  One approach is the use of thermal energy storage (TES) tanks.  These systems provide an efficient way to balance the cooling load when cooling components of the chilled water system are offline or […]
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The Evolving Landscape of Data Centers: Navigating Change in a Digital World

By John Peterson | May 20, 2024

The Evolving Landscape of Data Centers: Navigating Change in a Digital-First World In the fast-paced world of technology, the landscape of data centers is rapidly evolving to meet the demands of a digital-first environment. Traditional data center models are being transformed by new paradigms that promise greater agility, efficiency, and scalability. As organizations adapt, data […]
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Build Your Custom Rack Power Distribution Unit (PDU) for Your Data Center

By John Peterson | May 13, 2024

Build Your Custom Rack Power Distribution Unit (PDU) for Your Data Center Rack Power Distribution Units (PDUs) are critical components in data centers, responsible for distributing electrical power to servers and other IT equipment. While off-the-shelf PDUs are readily available, building your own PDU with a manufacturer offers customization options, optimization, and potential cost savings.  […]
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Space Usage Effectiveness (SUE) Metric in Data Centers

By John Peterson | May 08, 2024

Space Usage Effectiveness (SUE) Metric in Data Centers As the demand for data processing and storage continues to grow, the efficiency of data center operations becomes increasingly important.  One metric that has been defined but may lack familiarity is Space Usage Effectiveness (SUE), introduced by The Green Grid.   Many companies use Power Usage Effectiveness […]
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Assessing the Need for Colocation Data Centers

By John Peterson | May 06, 2024

Assessing the Need for Colocation Data Centers Colocation data centers have emerged as a strategic option for organizations seeking to outsource their IT infrastructure while maintaining control over their data and applications.  Assessing the need for colocation data centers and their practices is the start before evaluating potential colocation providers.  By examining key factors such […]
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Buying In-Rack Power Distribution Units

By John Peterson | May 02, 2024

Buying In-Rack Power Distribution Units In-rack power distribution units (PDUs) play a critical role in data center infrastructure, providing reliable power distribution and management capabilities within server racks. As data center environments continue to evolve and scale, selecting the right in-rack PDUs is essential for optimizing performance, efficiency, and reliability. In-rack PDUs are devices designed […]
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Ghost Servers: Strategies for Finding and Eliminating in Data Centers

By John Peterson | May 02, 2024

Ghost servers, also known as orphaned servers or zombie servers, haunt many data centers, consuming energy and resources without providing any tangible benefits.  These idle or underutilized servers represent a significant drain on resources and contribute to inefficiencies in data center operations. Understanding Ghost Servers: Ghost servers are hardware assets that remain powered on and […]
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