Small Data Centers

Small Data Centers

Energy efficiency efforts and attention for data centers have historically focused on larger data centers. Despite their comparatively small size, small data centers (defined as server closets, rooms, and localized data centers under 5,000 square feet of computer floor) have significant energy savings potential. Small data centers house more than half of all servers across the United States, but face barriers to achieving energy savings that larger data centers do not. They often lack the resources to assess, identify, and implement energy efficiency strategies. Additionally, while many mid-tier and enterprise-class data centers owned by   larger  corporations consider energy efficiency and the reduction of operating costs as a strategic business goal, small data centers often do not share this motivation given their scale. This all adds up to a huge opportunity for reducing energy demand in data centers across the nation.

 In an effort to help small data centers realize untapped energy savings, the Center of Expertise has developed resources specifically designed to help small data centers overcome the unique challenges they face. These resources evaluate the institutional, structural, and financial barriers facing small data centers and identify readily deployable, high-win strategies that can deliver robust energy savings.

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1. Determine the resources available, both financial and technical 2. Assemble a team and set the direction for energy management activities 3. Seek out training if necessary and/or time permits 4. See where your data center stands compared to others and evaluate efficiency opportunities 5. Identify energy efficiency opportunities suited for your data center 6. Use additional CoE tools for assessment if time allows 7. Implement energy efficiency opportunities Resources Limited Resources Somewhat Limited Resources Available No time for activity assumed On demand FEMP Webinars PUE Estimator Consider "simplest" measures in Small Data Center Guide DC Pro Ask your local utility about technical & financial assistance Regular Live CoE Webinars Air Management Estimator Master List Other CoE Small DC Resources Review Energy ISO 50001 Task 4 (Management Commitment) DC Pro Recommendations from DC Pro Consider "Simplest Measures" & "Still Simple, a Little More Work" in Small Data Center Guide. Hire DCEP or other consultant Energy Assessment Worksheet Air Management Estimator Master List Other CoE Small DC Resources Power Chain Tool Ask your local utility about technical & financial assistance Consider financing project through UESC or ESPC DC Pro Process Manual Portfolio Manager Consider all measures in Small Data Center Guide On demand training Regular Live CoE Webinars Task 6 (Energy Team) Energy Assessment Worksheet Air Management Tool Master List Other CoE Small DC Resources Power Chain Tool Review Energy ISO 50001 Task 4 (Management Commitment) Task 6 (Energy Team) Task 5 (Energy Policy) On demand training Regular Live CoE Webinars Consider DCEP Training Recommendations from DC Pro Hire DCEP or other consultant Ask your local utility about technical & financial assistance Consider financing project through UESC or ESPC

Resources

Small Data Centers, Big Energy Savings (Report) The purpose of this brief guide is to present opportunities for small data center owners and operators that generally make sense and do not need expensive assessment and analysis to justify. Recommendations presented in this report range from very simple measures that require no capital investment and little ongoing effort to those that do need some upfront funds and time to implement. 

Small Data Centers, Large Energy Savings: An Introduction for Owners and Operators (Presentation) Slides from Steve Greenberg's webinar on Saving Energy in Your Small Data Centers. Recommendations presented range from very simple measures that require no capital investment and little ongoing effort to those that do need some upfront funds and time to implement. The range of opportunities includes IT equipment, power, and cooling.

Portable Measurement Tools for Air Management in Small Data Centers This report reviews the current crop of portable air-management measurement tools, which offer the small data center operator relatively easy and inexpensive ways to assess and improve their facilities in terms of satisfying both IT thermal requirements and energy efficiency.

Demonstration: Portable Air Management Measurement Tools This report focuses on improving air management in small data centers due to the great potential for energy savings across the data center industry. To be able to implement air management, key environmental parameters such as IT equipment intake temperatures need to be monitored. This demonstration involves two inexpensive, portable measurement tools for assessing air management in small data centers on a limited, temporary basis. Access to simple, inexpensive toolds for implementing and tracking air management is imperative in such environments. Besides evaluating the accuracy of the temperature measurements, this report also includes an in-depth evaluation of the ease of use of the tools.