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Report: Green Data Center Design Strategies v1.0

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Introduction
    1. Energy Concerns Drive Investment
    2. Infrastructure Costs More to Run Than Servers
    3. Running on Empty
    4. To LEED or Not to LEED?
    5. Metrics: PUE and DCiE
  3. Market Factors
    1. Green Is Up, Economy Is Down
    2. Demand for Consultants Will Also Grow
    3. Government Stimulus Goes Green
  4. Monitoring and Measurement
    1. Utility Incentives
  5. Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC)
    1. Hot Machines
    2. Hot/Cold Aisle Containment
    3. Raised Floors And Plenums
    4. Computational Fluid-Dynamics (Cfd)
    5. Free Cooling
  6. Modular Data Centers and Systems
    1. Smaller Modules
  7. Renovation vs. Construction
  8. Power Considerations
    1. Fuel Cells
    2. Microturbines
    3. Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)
    4. Renewable Energy
      1. Solar power
      2. Wind Power
      3. Marine power
  9. Lighting
  10. Additional Design Considerations
  11. Conclusion
  12. Key Players
    1. Data Center Leaders
    2. Containerized Data Center R&D
    3. Monitoring, Modeling And Control
  13. About KDA Consulting
  14. About Katherine Austin


Data centers are a critical component of many businesses these days, but because of the amount of electricity they consume, they are extremely expensive to run. However, a great deal can be done both to cut costs and reduce their environmental footprint, simply by making them more energy efficient. Online technologies and applications are creating skyrocketing demand for new data centers, and most enterprises are now seeking “greener” solutions, both in their own facilities, and in the facilities with which they do business.

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