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February 2013/ Volume 2, Issue 2

Check your data center power requirements to save money

When pondering a redesign, keep data center power requirements in mind as you look at new data center designs. Even if New Year’s is a distant memory, the first quarter is still an apropos time for resolutions and goal-setting. A key theme always seems to be saving money. Anyone with data center responsibilities trying to save money should look at in-cabinet power design. I walk through hundreds of data centers during the course of a year, and it’s staggering to see how many cabinets have overprovisioned or underprovisioned power. Stated simply: Excess power wastes money, and insufficient power places an organization at significant risk. Neither situation is optimal, and both are easily fixable. Spending too much on data center power One common mistake is calculating power needs by adding up a manufacturer’s nameplate specifications. Equipment manufacturers’ power specifications are set at maximum rated output, based on the heaviest possible usage or load. But real-world experience and best practices show a much more likely ...

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