Paul Latham's Blog (8)

Making sure Operations don’t feel they’re the target

We have recently seen a number of organizations trying to improve their energy and cost performance by applying PUE targets to site operations teams (here is an example from the Australian Government). Whilst these are intended to be a…


Added by Paul Latham on April 7, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

DCeP - one metric to rule them all?

There has been a recent flurry of activity around Data Center energy Productivity (DCeP) as an efficiency metric for data centers which has been proposed by a global taskforce, consisting of the Green Grid, along with two US government agencies…


Added by Paul Latham on March 31, 2014 at 16:19 — No Comments

Save Money by Not Economizing

Many designers and operators attempt to optimize their new or upgraded site for the greatest amount of “free”, economized cooling operation. This has been given great emphasis in recent years by the publication of free cooling maps which show how…


Added by Paul Latham on March 26, 2014 at 15:46 — No Comments

Putting your foot flat on the accelerator doesn’t make for an efficient data center

The sheer complexity of new data center builds that respond to external conditions etc have meant that the traditional skills of the operation team cannot be relied on to squeeze the maximum efficiency out of their new or upgraded facility. Some far-sighted design engineers now invite the operations team to the Integrated Systems Test (IST), but we don’t feel…


Added by Paul Latham on March 14, 2014 at 18:18 — No Comments

London South Bank University: modelling tomorrow's cleaner, greener datacentres

As the race to design ever more energy-efficient datacentres heats up, IT industry players large and small are engaged in efforts to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency (see panel below).

But although the IT industry has profound commercial, regulatory and sustainability incentives to develop more efficient datacentre technologies, arguably the biggest energy savings to be made come not from the design of servers, semiconductors and other IT…


Added by Paul Latham on March 12, 2014 at 11:29 — No Comments

Winners announced for the inaugural Brill Awards

Uptime Institute congratulates the winners of the first annual Brill Awards for Efficient IT. 

In the judgment of more than 90 industry professionals who evaluated project submissions from leading enterprises around the world, these projects best exhibited efficiency in data center and IT operations in the broadest…


Added by Paul Latham on February 26, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

The case of the missing millions

The meeting was not going well. An argument had broken out between the Chief Engineer of Edifices, the firm that had designed and built the flagship data center and the CFO of, which had commissioned the build.

‘You promised me a class-leading levels of energy efficiency; instead the data center is using thousands of dollars of…


Added by Paul Latham on February 24, 2014 at 16:22 — No Comments

Decoding Data Center TCO

Good blog by Shawn Patrick of Canara

Added by Paul Latham on February 12, 2014 at 11:48 — No Comments

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