The new Gartner report, “Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Others Reveal Data Center Power Architectures at Samsung-Dell CIO Forum,” discusses how dramatic savings in electricity consumption could be obtained using a "holistic approach" to data centers, evaluating the impact of everything from the physical plant, to the choice of semiconductors. Some of the most influential voices in data center design are focused on goals and techniques for reducing data center energy consumption, improving power utilization, and reducing environmental impacts.
A holistic approach to data center design in which every item—from the choice of location, to the arrangement of cooling fans, to the geometry of equipment racks and choice of semiconductor components—will yield dramatic energy savings.
- Consensus suggests that the greatest power efficiencies could be obtained by aggregating cooling and power distribution resources, and minimizing the number of energy conversions.
- Power utilization effectiveness (PUE) readings provide cues for efficiency improvement.