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The Green Grid Offers Fresh Perspective On Eco Mode, Explores Energy Efficiency Gains And Economic Benefits For Data Centers

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  The Green Grid, the global authority on resource efficient information technology and data centers, today announced the launch of a new white paper titled Evaluation of Eco Mode in Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems. The paper offers an extensive look into how Eco Mode can improve data center efficiency and overall Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) when appropriately deployed, and makes recommendations regarding other power distribution equipment to ensure a reliable power system. The full contents are free and available to the public on The Green Grid's website.  

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Eco Mode is one of The Green Grid Data Center Maturity Model's (DCMM) energy saving recommendations and can increase overall efficiency when implemented correctly. In order to help understand and deploy what is typically the highest-efficiency mode, the white paper breaks down key elements such as UPS technology and performance, critical power systems configuration, IT power supply ride-through, and utility grid reliability. The white paper explores each of these ideas and their trade-offs, helping data center operators understand Eco Mode from the ground up.

"Our goal was to deliver an Eco Mode white paper that was detailed, well-defined and easily digestible for the IT community or anyone looking to increase data center efficiency," said Unmesh Agarwala, Juniper Networks representative and Board member of The Green Grid. "The Green Grid, with the help of the industry, has accomplished this by addressing relevant questions and concerns around Eco Mode, such as how it interacts with new technology and when – or even if – it should be implemented."

The paper addresses two key points for data center owners and operators to consider before implementing Eco Mode technology:

  • Power Distribution – It is extremely important to match switch-over time for an Eco Mode UPS to the power supply ride-through or static switch time. Data center operators should analyze the power distribution within their data centers and consult their UPS manufacturers for information prior to implementing Eco Mode.
  • Utility Power Quality – UPS Eco Mode requires an acceptable level of utility power quality and it must be within the voltage tolerance of all equipment to keep the UPS operating in the most efficient range possible. Additional details are included in the paper about moving from Level 1 UPS Eco Mode to Level 3.

For more information about Eco Mode or to download the full white paper, please visit http://www.thegreengrid.org/sitecore/content/Global/Content/white-papers/WP48-EvaluationofEcoModeinUninterruptiblePowerSupplySystems.aspx.

The Green Grid Forum 2013

On Monday, registration opened for The Green Grid Forum 2013, a two-day gathering of the leading authorities on resource efficiency for data centers and the IT ecosystem. The event will be held March 5-6 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information or to register, please visit: http://www.thegreengrid.org/events/TGGforum-2013.aspx.

About The Green Grid

The Green Grid is a global consortium of companies, government agencies, educational institutions and individuals dedicated to advancing resource efficiency in information technology and data centers with a holistic approach, including all IT, facility and infrastructure systems. In 2012, The Green Grid welcomed Climate Savers® Computing Initiative under its brand to build on its success in promoting resource efficiency and sustainability across the energy ecosystem. Climate Savers Computing Initiative focuses on reducing energy consumption, costs and carbon emissions from computing equipment by promoting the adoption of efficient technologies and power management strategies. As the global authority on resource efficient  information technology and data centers, The Green Grid spans the entire computing and communications ecosystem – from data centers to personal computers – and will continue to provide the global IT industry with metrics, tools and best practices to improve resource efficiency.

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