Emerson Network Power Introduces New Approach To Data Center Energy Optimization

December 02, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Emerson Network Power introduced Energy Logic, a step-by-step roadmap that provides data center and IT managers with a prioritized approach to reducing energy consumption.

Based on research and modeling, Energy Logic is said to help IT and facility managers make decisions about optimizing energy use and minimizing critical resource constraints – power, cooling and space – without compromising availability or flexibility. Energy Logic centers on "the cascade effect" by which one Watt saved at the processor level can save an average total of 2.84 Watts in energy consumption.

According to the company, following the Energy Logic sequence can potentially save more than half of a data center’s load. For example, in an Emerson Network Power-modeled scenario of a 5,000-square-foot data center, applying the recommended strategies produced a savings of 585 kW from the data center’s initial 1,127 kW load. It also freed up two-thirds of the space, one-third of UPS capacity and 40% of cooling capacity, enabling easy expansion of compute capacity in the same data center.

"When we released our report earlier this year, we stressed that energy reductions could be achieved with the proper planning and implementation of efficient technologies that exist today," said Andrew Fanara of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "We encourage companies like Emerson Network Power to share any and all expertise that helps the data center community reduce their energy usage."

"Our customers are telling us that efficiency is a top priority, yet at the same time, a difficult concept to measure," said Jack Pouchet, Director of Energy Initiatives for Emerson Network Power. "Emerson Network Power is sharing its Energy Logic approach to help IT and data center managers prioritize their efforts and give them a place to start."