TEM5
TEM5
TEM5
TEM5
TEM5

Modular vs. Raised Floor: Which Data Center Design Is Better?

Oct. 22, 2013
The design of the center itself significantly impacts energy consumption.

Nonstop cooling needs and heavy-duty computing equipment are obvious contributors to data center energy needs, but did you know the design of the center itself can account for a significant energy expense?

To compare modular data centers with raised floor ones, software-defined data center developer IO partnered with local utility Arizona Public Service to analyze energy consumption at two data centers within the company’s Phoenix facility. Because both data centers were located in the same geographical area and shared the same maintenance staff and chiller plant, the utility was able to compare the two centers more accurately.

The utility monitored power usage effectiveness (PUE), a measure of how much power is used by equipment vs. cooling and other overhead costs, for 2012. It discovered that the traditional build-out environment had a PUE of 1.73, while the modular environment boasted a PUE of 1.41, translating to an annual savings of roughly $200,000 per mW over the traditional design. Both were significantly below the global average of 1.8-1.9 for traditional data centers.

“The portion of PUE above 1.0 denotes energy not going to IT equipment. That’s where efficiencies can be found,” notes Patrick Flynn, IO’s lead sustainability strategist.

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Buildings, create an account today!

Sponsored Recommendations

Building Better Schools

Download this digital resource to better understand the challenges and opportunities in designing and operating educational facilities for safety, sustainability, and performance...

Tips to Keep Facility Management on Track

How do you plan to fill the knowledge gap as seasoned facility managers retire or leave for new opportunities? Learn about the latest strategies including FM tech innovations ...

The Beauty & Benefits of Biophilic Design in the Built Environment

Biophilic design is a hot trend in design, but what is it and how can building professionals incorporate these strategies for the benefits of occupants? This eHandbook offers ...

The Benefits of Migrating from Analog to DMR Two-Way Radios

Are you still using analog two-way radios? Download this white paper and discover the simple and cost-effective migration path to digital DMR radios that deliver improved audio...