Techtarget Presents: Energy Efficiency tools abound
For companies aspiring to Google-esque levels of data center efficiency, a starting place may be the energy-efficiency measurement tools and consultancy services for data centers. Some tools and services are free, while others can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), for example, has developed a data center efficiency tool, DC Pro that analyzes 12 months’ worth of a data center’s utility bills to answer specific questions about electricity distribution, airflow management and data center cooling. DC Pro also provides suggestions for improving efficiency.
Then there’s Rye Brook, N.Y.-based Ideas International Inc., whose new Carbon Calculator calculates current and proposed electricity costs and savings, CO2 equivalent emissions and reductions, and carbon emissions and reductions.
American Power Conversion (APC) also offers free data center infrastructure calculation tools, which are called APC Tradeoff Tools, while Connecticut-based Aperture Technologies and San Francisco-based CSRware sell software to analyze a data center’s efficiency.
CSRware’s Software as a Service (SAAS) platform enables data centers managers to analyze and act on efficiency initiatives. “A lot of the tools available today have you punch in data and give you an answer,” said Karen Alonardo, CSRware’s CEO. “Our tool offers real-time results for the areas you are interested in analyzing and improving upon, whether it be energy or waste or saving on water [from cooling],” Alonardo said. “Our metrics will tell you what ways to improve what you are doing.”
CSRware’s tool also reports how a data center’s energy efficiency compares with other facilities around the world, she said.