Data Centers

Increasing Data Center Efficiency With Server Power Measurements

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Executive Summary

Intel IT defined methods for analyzing computing energy efficiency within the design computing environment, using measurements of actual server power consumption and utilization. Intel used these methods to identify trends and opportunities for improving data center efficiency, and to implement a pilot project that increased data center computing capacity. Most efforts to measure and increase data center efficiency have been focused at the facilities level. However, one can also obtain significant benefits by employing server-level measurements to analyze and increase computing efficiency. Improvements at this level can enable to expand data center capacity, reduce capital expenditure, reduce operational power and cooling costs, and scale compute and facility power consumption in proportion to the actual work done.

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