New Standards for Measuring PUE
There’s excitement in the data center community over the Green Grid’s release of “Recommendations For Measuring and Reporting Overall Data Center Efficiency.”
A lot of important figures in the industry collaborated in developing the recommendations – besides the Green Grid, there was ASHRAE, the EPA’s Energy Star Program, the United States Green Building Council, and the Uptime Institute, among others. It’s for dedicated data centers, and a Version 2 is in the works which will apply to mixed-use facilities.
PUE has historically been difficult to trust because of different ways of calculating it, and this represents yet another good, solid step towards regularizing the data center industry and achieving reliability and consistency from facility to facility.
I don’t know who would be reading our blog who wouldn’t already know, but just in case: PUE stands for Power Usage Effectiveness, and it involves comparing how much total power is used in a facility with what goes to actual IT equipment.
Learn more from the document itself, linked above, or check out the article at Datacenter Dynamics.
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