Data Center Efficiency Metrics: CADE

Data center efficiency metrics have matured over the past few years.  These metrics arose with the recognition of the data center as a primary industrial consumer of energy.  The data center was once thought of as a controlled environment for data processing equipment.  From an energy consumption point of view, it is a factory.

In the United States alone, in 2010 data center energy consumption represented somewhere between 1.5% and 2% of all energy consumed in the country.  That is expected to double in just two years’ time.  In other regions of the world, data center energy consumption is a major driver of carbon emission control legislation.  In other regions still, it is recognized that efficiencies need to be improved in a sense of proper stewardship of natural resources.