Emerson Offers Plan for Data-Center Energy Reduction

Oct. 1, 2012
Vendor-neutral strategies can decrease energy use by up to 74 percent

Emerson Network Power, provider of software, hardware, and services designed to maximize the availability, capacity, and efficiency of critical infrastructure, recently introduced Energy Logic 2.0, a vendor-neutral approach to reducing data-center energy consumption.

Incorporating advances in technology and best practices in temperature and airflow management and other areas that have emerged since 2007, when the original Energy Logic was introduced, Energy Logic 2.0 illustrates how the energy consumption of a 5,000-sq-ft data center can be reduced by up to 74 percent using available technologies by leveraging the cascade effect.

The cascade effect quantifies how savings at the information-technology-component level are magnified in supporting systems. For instance, in a data center with a power-usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.9, a 1-w savings at the server processor creates a 2.84-w savings at the facility level. The higher the PUE, the greater the savings.

The approach is detailed in a new 39-page electronic book, “Energy Logic 2.0: New Strategies for Cutting Data Center Energy Costs and Boosting Capacity” (http://bit.ly/Energy_Logic).

Additionally, Emerson Network Power launched the Energy Logic 2.0 Cascading Savings Calculator (http://bit.ly/Cascading_Calculator), an online tool allowing data-center managers to calculate the approximate energy savings they would achieve by employing the strategies in Energy Logic 2.0.

“Energy Logic 2.0 clearly shows there still are great opportunities to optimize the data center,” Jack Pouchet, vice president of business development and director of energy initiatives for Emerson Network Power, said. “Energy efficiency remains a priority, and a new generation of management technologies that provide greater visibility and control of data-center systems has arrived. The data-center industry is better positioned than ever to make a serious impact in reducing overall data-center energy consumption.”

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