While “greening” the data center is good for the environment and good for the bottom line, few resources provide the business case to begin an efficiency program. In response, 42U, a leader in data center efficiency solutions and services, has premiered a free, interactive Data Center Energy Savings Calculator to help data center managers quantify the energy, cost, and CO2 savings possible through efficiency efforts.
The tool uses the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric as the basis for its calculation. After users insert their current PUE, goal PUE, electricity cost, and IT load, the calculator projects savings over a one, five, and ten year period—figures which help data center professionals determine the return on investment of their efficiency improvements.
“In today’s economy, data center professionals need accurate data to justify projects to upper management,” said Steve Lewis, 42U’s Director of Sales. “Our calculator provides the starting point for those conversations and shows that efficiency improvements have a substantial payback.”
Savings can be realized across all data center sizes and locations. In improving PUE from 2.0 to 1.5, a small 200kW facility in Ohio stands to save over $35,000 a year in energy costs and 264 tons of CO2 emissions. These achievements deliver an excellent bottom line message to management teams and also spread a message of environmental responsibility to the marketplace.
“We’re extremely pleased to impact our clients on both levels. Our program is designed to help IT and Facilities champion these efforts in their facility,” said Lewis.
42U provides clients with a phased approach to data center efficiency, starting with low-cost/ no cost best practices that lead to an immediate reduction in energy expense. These savings, reinvested in efficient technologies, allow data centers to continually evolve into highly efficient, highly available facilities.
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Since 1995, 42U (42u.com) has been a leader in providing data center efficiency solutions. 42U's team of efficiency specialists provide best practice expertise in monitoring, airflow analysis, power, measurement, cooling, and best-of-breed technologies to help data center managers improve energy efficiency, reduce power consumption, and subsequently lower energy costs. Their website has helped millions of IT professionals globally who search for best practices and technologies to make their computer environment more efficient.