ASHRAE Publishes book for Green Data Centers

  • January 20, 2011
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January 20, 2011 - More than 50 percent of the total energy consumption of data centers can be attributed to the power and cooling infrastructure that supports the IT equipment housed in them. Guidance in a new book from ASHRAE aims to help reduce that energy use through proven, easy-to-implement tips.“Green Tips for Data Centers” identifies techniques for optimizing energy efficiency in existing datacom facilities. Many of the techniques can be implemented through simple operational changes, upgrades or modifications that require a relatively low investment and that cause little disruption to the existing operations of the IT equipment.“The book has particular relevance right now since there is a significant focus on energy efficiency in data centers,” Don Beaty, co-founder of ASHRAE Technical Committee (TC) 9.9, Mission Critical Facilities, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment, said. “While it is fun and exciting to look at how we can design new data centers to be energy efficient, the fact is that there are many, many existing datacenters in operation.”Among the 26 tips from the book are:
  • Optimize supply air temperatures
  • Install monitoring equipment
  • Improve lighting efficiency
  • Optimize data storage
  • Improve transformer efficiencies
  • ‚ÄúThe tips provide insight into practical techniques that have proven successful in other datacom facilities and give owners and operators the confidence to implement similar techniques in their own facilities,‚Äù Beaty said. The book is part of the ASHRAE Datacom Series, developed to provide a more comprehensive treatment of datacom cooling and related subjects. Other books in the series are ‚ÄúParticulate and Gaseous Contamination in Datacom Environments,‚Äù ‚ÄúHigh Density Data Centers ‚Äì Case Studies and Best Practices,‚Äù ‚ÄúDesign Considerations for Datacom Equipment Centers,‚Äù ‚ÄúBest Practices for Datacom Facility Energy Efficiency,‚Äù ‚ÄúThermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments,‚Äù ‚ÄúLiquid Cooling Guidelines for Datacom Equipment Centers,‚Äù ‚ÄúDatacom Equipment Power Trends and Cooling Applications‚Äù and ‚ÄúStructural and Vibration Guidelines for Datacom Equipment Centers.‚ÄùThe cost of Green Tips for Data Centers is $54 ($46, ASHRAE members). Bulk discounts are available to individuals, companies and organizations who are interested in purchasing multiple copies.ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education. Learn More

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