As the cost of power continues to rise while the demand for computing capacity grows at an unprecedented rate, balancing the costs of cooling equipment against the need for uninterrupted uptime presents a constant challenge. Studies show that raising air intake temperatures by just 1 degree Fahrenheit (or about .6 degrees Celsius) can reduce a data center’s annual power expenditures by from 2% to as much as 5%. Clearly, increasing temperatures is a sure path to ongoing power savings that enhance your organization’s bottom line, year after year. But determining the “right” amount of cooling in the data center can seem nearly impossible: If a data center is too hot, equipment reliability suffers. Over-cool your data center and energy bills can needlessly skyrocket. It is a fine line, but one that must be addressed if maximum value of IT as a strategic advantage is to be realized.
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