The GreenIT DC-Benchmarking Tool: From Scientific Theory to Real Life
Energy efficiency is one of the topics in achieving the goal of reducing the CO2 output in the next years. Data centers (DC) are big polluters. GreenIT DC-Benchmarking is the first neutral benchmarking tool that shows the specific energy and cost saving potential in data centers. By comparison with similar data centers and analysis of best practices, IT managers gain a detailed overview of ways to optimize their systems. The online based comparison tool can be applied to data centers of any type and size. The basic set of data for the GreenIT DC-Benchmarking deviates from a scientific analysis of thirty data centers realized by the Technical University of Berlin. Since April 2010, the stock in the benchmarking tool has grown to 108 data center with more than 79,000 servers.
KeywordsEnergy Efficiency & Monitoring Data Center Benchmarking Key Performance Indicator Energy Consumption Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)
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