TCO, CapEx, OpEx in Data Center Equipment

Why Tiny Differences In Efficiency Make A Big Difference In Costs

Lifehacker, May 2, 2014

Total cost of ownership (TCO) calculations are often used in IT. However, when it comes to designing data centres, it’s important to make sure those calculations cover the entire lifespan of the equipment.

In a presentation at Data Center World 2014, GE Critical Power director Harry Handlin highlighted the differences in total cost that a UPS with 93 per cent, 94 per cent and 96.5 per cent efficiency would accumulate over a 10-year period. “TCO hasn’t been that well used in the data centre industry,” Handlin said.

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