As I was growing up my father always taught me the importance of measuring twice before you cut a piece of wood because once you cut the wood, if you did it wrong, you can't go back and re-measure to fix it. This same principle applies to Data Center Efficiency. Before you can take steps to improve energy consumption, increase facility PUE or boost density in your facility you need to understand power consumption
Recently Intel IT defined methods for analyzing computing energy efficiency within our design computing environment, using measurements of actual server power consumption and utilization. We 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
Read more in the Intel IT whitepaper titled "Increasing Data Center Efficiency with Server Power Measurements"
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