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RF Code Delivers Millions of Dollars in Annual Power & Cooling Savings for CenturyLink

RF Code

A conversation in 2011 between Joel Stone, Vice President of CenturyLink’s Global Data Center Operations and John Alaimo, CenturyLink Data Center Systems Engineer, raised an interesting question: ‘How can we lower the amount we are spending on powering and cooling our data centers?’

At the time CenturyLink was spending over $80 million every year on electricity in its data centers. This meant the question was more than just rhetorical: it was essential and business-critical to find an answer.

The solution began with inlet temperatures. Measurements showed that discharge temperatures were averaging 55°F, which fell a long way short of ASHRAE guidelines (guidance related to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning that helps ensure efficient data center power and cooling management).

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Published:  Sep 03, 2014
Length:  4
Type:  Case Study