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A Current Affair: Data Center Power Options

August 8, 2012 - 1 Comment

What would you do if the next time you drove your car, you noticed a small amount of fuel leaking from it?  What if all cars on the road had similar leaks?

Data Centers these days all have the equivalent of pinhole leaks in their gas tanks.  It’s a largely inescapable bit of inefficiency that comes with major electrical systems:  a portion of energy is lost during its delivery.

In a major Data Center, those losses can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in wasted energy costs.  This week’s Data Center Deconstructed touches on electrical conversion losses, the potential use of direct current as a solution, and how Cisco tackles the issue in our newest Data Centers.


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