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Greening the data center can actually reduce your budget

Greening the data center can actually reduce your budget

Our team consists of Data Center and engineering experts with over 100 years of experience. Collectively we offer experience in the management of the data center, implementing and validating best practices in energy efficiency as well as the design of infrastructure and facilities, project engineering, needs analysis, Power and Environmental Monitoring, clean room needs and more…. We hope you, as a data center professional and colleague, return often to this forum to share the latest research that can actually reduce your budget while saving the planet. We welcome your comments, feedback, and best practice contributions to this forum in the coming months.

(signed) Bob Doherty, Editor, ComputerRooms.com | Founder/CEO OMS In Your Data Center, LLC

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Improving the Energy Efficiency of our Nation’s Data Centers

The Better Buildings Challenge, a national initiative led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE), calls on leaders and innovators to significantly improve energy efficiency across the United States. Data Center or ITC organizations can partner with DOE to lead by example as Better Buildings Challenge Partners and commit to reduce the energy used by infrastructure in their entire portfolio of data centers by at least 20% within 10 years. Alternatively, any organization can become an Accelerator Partner and commit to reduce the energy used by infrastructure in one or more data centers (IT load > 100 kW) by 25% within 5 years. The partnership is voluntary and doesn’t require organizations to share proprietary information.

As a Better Buildings Partner, you will receive the following benefits from the DOE:

National recognition for sharing your progress and innovative energy efficiency solutions with DOE

National visibility through DOE’s website and social media outlets, and invitation to high level events with energy leaders and innovators

Technical support helping you identify metering needs and cost effective energy efficiency opportunities

Training opportunities from the Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers hosted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL)

Access to a knowledge repository of technology and best practices, training webinars, and peer-to -peer networking opportunities.

Partner with OMS in Your Data Center for more information on the Better Building Partnership and start to save on your Data Center Energy.

Contact Bob Doherty for more information and to express interest for reducing your Data Center’s operating budget.

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PRESS RELEASE – for immediate release


Executive Order mandate Data Center Energy Practitioners (DCEP) be on-site


Executive Order 13693 states that all core data centers, to include existing, new and planned, shall have at least one certified Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP), either on-site or centralized, assigned to manage data center performance and continued optimization.”

The DCEP pilot program from the US DOE (2010) was designed to raise the standards of those involved in the energy assessments of data centers. It is driven by the principal that significant knowledge, training, and skills are required to perform data center energy assessments. The DCEP program was developed and implemented in close coordination with industry stakeholders to train a core group of professional energy practitioners and some data center professionals to help reduce their energy demands and accelerate energy savings within data centers.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program awarded Bob Doherty of OMS in Your Data Center certification as a Data Center Energy Practitioners – DCEP,  as part of their pilot program to train and test 100 professionals.


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UPS Maintenance Service Offering


Our Team will seek out remote Uninterruptibe Power Systems (UPS) throughout offices and building(s) for testing and remediation of your critical power protection devices.

The life expectancy of a battery is just 3 to 5 years. Be proactive and let our team do what we do best. Call today for an appointment.

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Thermal Best Practices for Your Data Center

Heat can be a friend in the Data Center

Heat can be a friend in the Data Center

Why thermal considerations? Because ASHRAE TC 9.9 committee has redefined the Data Center.

Heat can be your friend.

Initially viewed to be controversial, you should know that new ASHRAE TC 9.9 guidelines give credible information and standards for the Data Center. There was much collaboration and testing on temperature and humidity both by ASHRAE and by independent Data Center managers.  New operating recommendations represent a “statement of reliability”. That is, ASHRAE proclaims it is safe to operate the Data Center at either extreme of their statement of reliability recommended ranges without fear for equipment failure or reduced equipment life expectancy.

Call OMS in Your Data Center when you need expert consultation and implementation of simply energy efficiency practices.


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Air Blocking and Air Management

Air Management in the Data Center

Don't hide from Air Management in the Data Center

Data Center Best Practices can be a wondrously successful discipline. Knowing how and where to implement best practices, being consistent in doing so, and validating them periodically and consistently will save cash in your data center.

What is Air Blocking?

In simple terms, Air Blocking is managing the separation of hot air from cold air. Cold Air is that critical commodity needed for optimal computer equipment operation and performance. In the Data Center, all cold air should be claimed and directed toward cooling equipment – and only for cooling equipment. Hot Air is that commodity which allows for optimal efficiency in computer room air conditioner (CRAC) unit performance.

So, cold air seems to be a positive thing. That is fairly intuitive for all of us. But now – possibly for the first time ever –  you are hearing  that hot air can also be a good thing! I will leave you to dwell on that concept at your leisure and I will expand on that in upcoming articles, but in the interim here is my short list for Data Center Best Practices for Air Blocking:

  • Blanking Plates
  • Racking Systems w/air management design
  • Access Floor cutout blocking
  • Positive Room Pressure
  • Hot Aisle Cold Aisle
  • Air side economization
  • Damming avoidance
  • Wire Cable Trays
  • Turn up the temperature
  • Get aggressive

Our team has proven consistently that these pragmatic best practices actually do work and actually do reduce your energy budget (and I’m not talking about spending a pound to save a penny either – these are genuine bottom-line savings right from the start). When Air Blocking is implemented consistently, managed properly, and validated consistently you can

  1. reduce the power used for cooling in your Data Center by as much as 30%
  2. double equipment density, and
  3. realize a higher return on precious Data Center real estate.

Of course, this is just an overview. In upcoming articles I will expand on each of these Air Blocking categories with practical applications of each one – as well as more on other Best Practice topics. Stay tuned.

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