In This Issue: Focus on Power and Cooling Management

FRESH START: New Data Center Provides Proper Power and Cooling
POWER MANAGEMENT: Boost Energy Efficiency
METRICS: How to Calculate PUE
REVIEW: Raritan Power IQ Virtual Appliance

January 11, 2011  

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Case Study  

Power Struggle
City manages ever-changing power and cooling needs

Given the opportunity to design a new data center, the IT department of Monroe, N.C., equipped each rack with APC Symmetra UPS devices to guard against power outages.

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Expediting Uptime
Centralized monitoring of power devices improves energy management

Power management tools give King County, Wash., and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport a way to centrally monitor remote UPS systems and power distribution units. Such tools can also generate data to help IT departments control energy usage.

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Tech Tips  

Do the Math
Calculate the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric

Intended to help administrators improve data center efficiency, PUE is the ratio of total power into the data center to power used by IT. A rating below 2 is highly effective; above 3, and there are bigger problems than the IT gear.

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Product Review  

Raritan Power IQ
Power management software generates useful analytics

Any agency that needs hard numbers on data center power consumption for billing or energy conservation purposes should check out the Raritan Power IQ 2.1 virtual appliance.

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Tech Tips  

Keep Your Cool
Getting data center cooling just right

IT staff often end up implementing excess cooling that wastes energy, but the Green Grid consortium shares seven strategies to optimize cooling in the data center and boost energy efficiency.

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White Paper

Green IT Practices: How agencies can become more efficient, reduce costs and go green

Tech Tips

Turn Down the Heat: Try more ways to cool high-density computing environments

Best Practices

Conserving Energy: Five hot ideas for reducing consumption

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