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Highly Energy-Efficient Datacenters in Practice

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Datacenter eco-efficient IT has moved on from token or one-off efforts to limit energy use to a war on excess resource usage. Profiles of the world's most energy-efficient datacenters reveal the trends in tools, designs, deployment approaches and services at the forefront of facility efficiency. To cost-effectively meet growing datacenter demand, a new breed of operators is taking an integrated approach to achieve significant energy efficiency. Large Internet-related companies such as eBay, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo are leading the way. Power and cooling remain the top targets for efficiency. The proliferation of Internet and cloud services will place increased demand and public focus on the datacenter operations of the suppliers, and these datacenters will continue to be engines of innovation in efficiency.

The standout examples in this report of datacenter owners and operators achieving high energy efficiency show what can be done with innovation, focus and investment. Many of these case studies serve as models for other operators to follow. The majority of datacenter profiles included in this report were Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT Award winners or honorees at the Institute's annual Symposium in May 2012. Case studies have been grouped into five broad categories: the integrated approach to datacenter efficiency; innovations in cooling; power innovation; efficiencies from IT; and prefabricated modular datacenters.

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