Managing data centres for energy efficiency

By Wayne Ward, managing director of Building Services Sustainability & Environmental Consultancy Ltd

Datacentres can present a daunting and complex environment to manage with many conflicting requirements based on equipment installed, data security, resilience levels, technology improvements, equipment renewal, operational practice and finally the human factors. Powering the equipment and maintaining the environment can account for over 98 per cent of the building’s energy use and maintaining uptime is a core deliverable in the datacentre operational requirements, sometimes leading to a desire for reliability over energy efficiency amongst data centre management.

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