1. Optimizing Data Center Capital Costs with Intelligent IT

    Optimizing Data Center Capital Costs with Intelligent IT

    One attraction of Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is the clear distinction it draws between productive power use (IT) versus non-productive overhead (e.g. non-IT) uses. We can extend the idea to other elements in the data center, like capital costs. While much of the capital cost of a data center is in the IT hardware, the infrastructure alone can cost from $10M to $20M per megawatt, depending on the design and construction of the data center. A significant part of that cost (10-20%) is the back-up generators, which are put in place as a last line of defense against power failure. It is capital that in the best case is never used!

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