Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Data Centers and IT Infrastructure
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
11 slots available
Training Overview:

As our economy and society increasingly adopts information technology, the facilities that store, analyze, and deliver data are drawing a larger share of energy use in the United States and globally. Data centers – everything from “server closets” to massive, stand-alone facilities – are prime candidates for energy efficiency upgrades, due to their energy intensity and high load factor. This course will describe leading energy efficiency measures and technologies for data centers within the context of industry trends. Attendees will also learn how to address institutional barriers to the adoption of measures, and how best to overcome them.

Event Benefits:

After attending this course, participants will be able to answer these true/false questions:


  • Power Utilization Effectiveness is a valid energy efficiency metric for data centers.
  • In most IT operations, servers operate at over half of their capacity on average.
  • Most IT managers are using power management software to control servers based on operational needs.
  • Uninterruptible power supplies are generally loaded at less than fifty percent of their rated capacity.
  • Backup generators actually draw power when not in operation.
  • Data centers should be managed within a very tight humidity band to protect IT equipment.
  • IT equipment at the top of the racks on the ends of rows usually receives adequate cooling supply.
  • The use of blanking panels in racks is not really necessary.
  • “Close coupled” cooling solutions like rack-mounted heat exchangers are more efficient than traditional CRAC/CRAH designs.
  • The value of data center capacity can have a significant impact on the analysis of a project that involves increasing energy efficiency.
Who Should Attend:

The training is designed for:

End users,energy managers, Data Center supervisors, engineers, and operations-level personnel  who have Data Center responsibilities in industrial and institutional locations.


8:00am to 9:00

Industry Trends: The Growth of Data Center and IT Energy Use

Spotlight on data center growth; the emergence of “utility scale” data centers and the challenges they present; on-the-ground challenges (capacity constraints rearing up for everyone)

9:00 to 9:30

The Compelling Opportunity: Energy Efficiency

Where does energy go in the data center?; benchmarking and analysis; PUE and other metrics; metering and monitoring systems and DCIM; the forty-odd energy efficiency measures, technologies, and best practices for data centers

9:30 to 10:00

Energy Efficiency: IT Equipment

Virtualization: the killer IT EE App; server efficiency (it’s mostly a power supply issue); refresh strategies; data storage measures; efficiency versus utilization

10:00 to 10:15

Energy Efficiency: Desktop

Equipment efficiency; power management; thin-client; multi-user computing

10:15 to 10:30


10:30 to 11:15

Energy Efficiency: Power Delivery and Conditioning


The power supply (and loss) chain; UPS loading is keyefficiency strategies – high efficiency equipment, modular systems, internally modular systems; best practices – loading, establishing reliability levels; backup generators; self generation

11:15 to Noon

Environmental Conditions in Data Centers

What conditions are required, recommended, and really necessary?  Why do we overcool data centers, and move around too much air?

Noon to 1:00 Lunch

1:00 to 2:45

Energy Efficiency: Data Center Cooling

Air-side and water-side free-cooling; airflow management and containment; airflow control systems; close-coupled and liquid cooling solutions

2:45 to 3:00


3:15 to 4:00

Case Studies

      Water-side economizer retrofit; server room design using office return air; thermal management control system

4:00 to 5:00

Close and Call To Action

The classic split incentive problem; justification of projects on the basis of “The Four Cs: cost savings, capacity savings, competition, and commitment to the environment”; partner with your utility; listing of additional resources

Tools & References:

All documents will be emailed to participants prior to training.

Mark J.E. Bramfitt, P.E.
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Checks will be accepted at the door.
Make checks payable to: University of Massachusetts-Amherst

University of Massachusetts Department of Mach. & Ind. Engineering
160 Governors Dr. Amherst, MA 01003-9265
Attn. Alberto Morales

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