Special Report

The Price of Power

Traditionally, power consumption was just a cost of doing business, well within the realm of facilities management. But as both the price and demand for power continue to rise, it's a problem IT can no longer afford to ignore.

Our four-part series on the price of power explores the mounting pressure on data center managers to address the issue. Read on to learn more about the new technologies and efficiency measures that stand the best chance of stemming the tide of surging energy bills.


  Featured Series

  • Part 1: IT energy crisis reaching critical mass
    IT organizations are spending more than ever on electricity, and both the price and the demand for power are on the rise. And the old ways of throwing equipment at IT problems -- more air conditioning units, servers, UPS units -- are going to have to be revisited.

  • Part 2: Cooling quick fixes drain data centers
    IT pros say facility management has become a bottleneck for technology projects. As a result, data center managers are taking infrastructure issues into their own hands. But are their stop-gap measures killing efficiency?

  • Part 3: Raised floors and efficiency: Controlling cooling matters
    Cooling IT equipment is the No. 1 energy hog in the data center. One of the biggest pain points for IT pros is managing air flow from raised flooring. Will getting rid of the raised floor help?

  • Part 4: Power-saving technologies in the data center
    With data centers exceeding watts capacity, many are looking at new technologies to keep energy demand from spiraling out of control. IT pros are exploring virtualization, multi-core chips and DC-powered equipment to fight the problem.

  More on the Price of Power

  • IT pros hot under the collar over the price of power
    Our series provoked a flurry of responses. Here is a sample of what you had to say.

  • New cooling technologies could cut energy costs
    Energy costs and demands for power are skyrocketing in the data center. But new technologies and design strategies could help you cut down the price of your juice.

  • Data center goes green for energy savings
    Fannie Mae's Urbana Technology Center in Maryland is the first data center to earn the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Fannie Mae expects to reduce overall energy consumption by 20% by implementing sustainable design.

  • DC power sparks interest
    Direct current power can offer data center managers the freedom to pack servers as tightly as they can fit them. But the approach can take specialized equipment and expertise.

  • APC's Sawyer: Energy efficiency in the data center
    Richard Sawyer, director of data center technology for APC, explains how data center managers are facing pressure within the IT infrastructure and from executives.

  • Data centers look to the sun for energy answers
    Choosing energy efficient equipment, as well as an efficient HVAC and a well thought-out UPS load distribution, is pure common sense at this point for the cost-conscious organization. Some, however, are taking it a step further and considering the building, choosing solar power over traditional energy.

  • Server Specs: Dept. of 'green' computing
    A compilation of IT-related environmental news, inlcuding dual-core chips, sustainable computing, and IT disposal issues.

  • Pulling power from thin air
    Hydrogen fuel cells inspire a sense of both possibility and concern for data center managers. The technology can power mission-critical systems cleanly while freeing up space in your data center footprint. But it's also three times the price of conventional UPS battery banks, complex and, oh by the way, there's a chance it might explode.

This was first published in November 2005

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