Datacentre power and cooling: What you need to know

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Energy is a contentious topic of conversation within datacentre circles, as operators are constantly looking for ways to boost the efficiency of their facilities to keep costs low.

Swapping out mechanical cooling systems in favour of free-air alternatives can generate sizeable energy savings for some facilities, while increasing the amount of renewable power in their energy mix can also bring about similar benefits for others.

Infrastructure upgrades can also contribute towards driving down energy use, as operators swap out ageing hardware for better-performing, more efficient kit, or remodel their entire facilities to make them more efficient and less of a drain on resources.

It is not just economic pressures that regularly force the datacentre community to take a closer look at their energy usage habits, though. The sector regularly finds itself coming under fire on from environmentalists, lobbyists and governments, as concerns grow about where operators source their energy from and how this may impact local supplies.

In this e-guide, we take a look at some of the latest thinking on datacentre power and cooling, and share real-world examples of organisations that have used hardware upgrades and energy usage audits to change the way they power their server farms. 

Feb 8, 2021
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