Data Center PUE Rating Potential Linked to Facility Users

Are Low PUE Ratings Hitting Their Limit?

Data Center Knowledge, November 13, 2013

PHOENIX – The data center industry’s push for ever-better energy efficiency has become a tale of two PUEs. There’s the exceptional Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) scores being reported  by companies like Google and Facebook that design their own custom servers. And then there are the slightly higher PUEs available to the best multi-tenant data centers and enterprise customers with complex infrastructure.

Few understand this better than Jim Smith, the Chief Technology Officer of Digital Realty Trust, the world’s largest operator of data centers. Smith is passionate about energy efficiency and data center design, and well-versed in best practices. But he also knows that not every data center can emulate the strategies used by Facebook and Google.

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