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Schneider Electric helps data centre planners to ‘right-size’ their physical infrastructure using a proven 3-step approach. Let’s take a look at how Jim, a typical data centre manager, decides to address the issue of calculating power density.
Jim is in the thick of planning out his data centre. Business has been pretty good at his growing mid-size company. ‘How much compute power do I need’? he asks himself as he considers the space he's been allocated for his new computer room. One thing is certain, he has to find the right balance between space and compute power — too dense and data centre equipment can overheat; not dense enough and poor efficiency will result as well as wasted rack space.
He is not convinced that the historic approach of calculating watts per square foot/metre is the right way to go. So he reads up on the topic and during his web search, and comes across a free white paper on the Schneider Electric website. He decides to share what he’s discovered with his colleagues at his next planning meeting.
‘I propose’, says Jim, ‘that we tackle this data centre project by implementing these three steps: