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Measuring PUE doesn't have to be hard

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by Scot Love

Trying to understand the impacts of changes in demand in your data center? Perhaps you want to measure the impacts of energy efficiency initiatives you recently implemented. Or, you may be a U.S. federal government data center manager looking for ways to meet the requirements of Executive Order 13693 with its mandate to meet specific PUE levels.

Whatever your reason for measuring PUE, Packet Power offers a focused, simple solution.

Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is a measure of how efficiently a data center uses energy. PUE is calculated by dividing the amount of power entering a data center by the power used to run the computer infrastructure within it. The closer the PUE ratio is to 1, the more efficient the facility.

Obtaining accurate PUE data requires installing energy meters at key points in the power distribution system to segregate energy use between IT and mechanical loads. PUE can be a controversial measure, but what's unquestionably important is establishing a baseline

PUE is calculated and reported over some interval of time. PUE is influenced by weather and facility demand so baselines should cover at least a month and ultimately extend to at least a year. Monthly, daily and even real-time readings can help put current facility performance into context.  

Sound complicated? 

Adding the monitoring systems needed to measure and analyze PUE can be costly and time-consuming. But it doesn't have to be. Packet Power is proud to offer the simplest and least disruptive solution for accurately tracking PUE. And our secure wireless monitoring system measures PUE at a fraction of the cost of other systems.

Read more about our solution or email to learn how easy it can be to measure PUE.

Topics: data center monitoring, Know your power, PUE

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