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Share datacentre stats to improve energy efficiency, says expert

Jenny Williams

Businesses are failing to make use of information about their own datacentre operations to drive greater energy efficiency and make better decisions, according to an industry expert.

Speaking at the DatacenterDynamics event in London today, Christopher Strom, director of project development for construction giant Skanska, said, the sharing of information is "still missing" despite progress being made in making datacentres more energy efficient by lowering cooling overheads and driving power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratings down.

"Datacentre information passed out is not made available to teams of people who need it to make decisions. In big organisations, people who spend energy have little insight into how much it costs them," said Strom.

Skanska has developed a Microsoft Sharepoint tool, which integrates off-the-shelf products, to "share data in an open source way" for its clients.

"The problem with datacentre data is it comes in different forms, for example, real-time data and equipment data. The open structure allows you to continually add functionality as new datacentres and capabilities come online," said Strom.

Through automated monitoring of datacentre efficiency metrics, such as PUE, he said organisations can measure the performance of datacentres to see where money is being spent.

"No one has knowledge without good data. The key to efficiency is changing behaviour. The silver bullet comes from human action, not technology," Strom said.


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