APC Launches Online Tool To Determine Efficiency Quotient Of Data Centers

November 29, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

APC-MGE unveiled its new Efficiency Quotient online tool to help IT professionals worldwide determine the efficiency levels of their data center. APC’s Efficiency Quotient tool is said to provide a fact-based rating of an existing data center’s current efficiency levels; recommended next steps for improvement; access to related white papers, tools and information; and more information on the key elements of an Efficient Enterprise.™ This is the first in a series of efficiency quotient tools that APC will introduce in the months ahead.

Once an IT professional completes the 18 question survey (requiring only multiple-choice or yes/no responses), the online measurement tool provides an audit of current efficiency and identifies any gaps that need attention to improve efficiency. The audit provides results in three categories including the data center infrastructure efficiency (0 – 100%), the IT efficiency effectiveness on a relative scale of zero to five, and the data center’s efficiency maturity level also on a relative scale of zero to five. In addition, an overall efficiency score, on a scale of 0 to 5, lets the user know their overall performance level.

"APC’s new Data Center Efficiency Quotient tool offers our customers and others a quick way to benchmark themselves in both a qualitative and quantitative way on the energy efficiency of their data center," said Carl Cottuli, VP of APC’s Data Center Science Center. "In addition to providing an overall efficiency score, the measurement tool offers peer results so companies can compare themselves to other companies in their industry. With a data center efficiency quotient score, user’s now have a fundamental understanding of where they are today, and what those next steps are toward becoming an Efficient Enterprise™."

Based on the survey results, the tool provides recommended next steps to immediately improve a user’s efficiency. While there are other variables that effect data center infrastructure efficiency, such as geographical location, this tool is meant to provide a relative score from which a user can begin to benchmark themselves against their peers.