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Digital Realty Trust Claims First Packaged Energy Management System for Data Centers

Digital Realty Trust says its new energy management tool will help businesses increase  energy efficiency in their data centers and reduce power costs by allowing them to monitor actual power demand and use. PowerVU is touted as the industry’s first packaged solution for centralized monitoring and management of data center power consumption, energy efficiency and load analysis.

Capturing and analyzing energy efficiency-metrics in data centers can improve business management decisions in several areas, particularly as computing and storage requirements grow, coupled with rising electricity costs, according to a report from Info-Tech released in February.

PowerVU works by tracking and displaying energy use by metered component, which gives customer the ability to monitor actual power demand and usage in kW/hour from a simple dashboard.

The new tool also provides power utilization efficiency (PUE) and IT load analysis by giving customers a graphical display of PUE as well as its two determinate components — utility input and UPS output. It also allows them to analyze use down to the component level.

The Green Grid consortium, together with several global government and industry organizations in the U.S., Europe and Japan, recently agreed on guiding principles for globally accepted data center energy-efficiency metrics with the Green Grid’s PUE rating at the center of the industry’s new preferred energy-efficiency metric.

PowerVU enables customers to monitor their energy efficiency daily, monthly and annually, providing information for budgeting and planning. The new solution will be a standard component in all new turn-key data centers ordered after June 1, 2010.

A survey conducted by Digital Realty Trust last year indicates that 73 percent of the respondents identified energy efficiency as the key aspect of a green data center.

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