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Why Efficiency Matters in Data Center Power Consumption
The data center is a powerful place that provides an important area of support for enterprises. The challenge for the enterprise is to determine the best way to optimize that power for efficiency and a reduction in costs. There can’t be a sloppy approach when it comes to design, or data center power consumption could easily surpass the budget allowance.
A recent Vicor (News - Alert) PowerBlog explored how to optimize the data center power system to ensure efficiency and a reduction in energy costs. The data center is the backbone of the business operation for that organization that completes demographic studies, transactional charges and click-based advertising. The more efficient the data center, the greater the benefits to the business and the bottom line.
The challenge for the data center operator is that power must be in place and more often than not, they have to pay for it twice. Power is used as an input from the utility provider or it’s harvested from the environment with the use of green technologies. Either way, there is a cost involved. It’s also an output from equipment, which represents the thermal waste of the operation. These inefficiencies must be removed from the equipment. These activities can be reclaimed, but not without added equipment, which also adds cost.
These very real challenges must be overcome before the data center operator can see real benefit from any attempted efficiency gains. With the right solutions in place, however, these efficiencies aren’t out of reach. Operators can track data center power consumption down to the piece of equipment to know where focused change has to be made. At that point, the right components are selected that can impact consumption, efficiency and overall production.
Vicor, for instance, recently announced certification with Intel’s (News - Alert) VR 12.5 voltage regulation specification. With the company’s proprietary ZVS topology and ChiP technology, the data center can use 30 percent less board area and reduce losses by 30 percent, compared with the VR 12.0 solution. When power losses are reduced, the result is a more efficient system that requires less power to operate.
The design of the data center has to take into consideration the demands on the organization and the available resources. When these elements are selected with efficiency in mind, power reduction is possible for measurable impact. Such a move is not only good for the organization and the bottom line; it’s also good for the environment.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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