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TradeOff Tools for data centre design


August 12, 2008
By Alyssa Dalton

APC has debuted TradeOff Tools: Web-based applications with simple interfaces designed for use in the early stages of data centre concept and design development. By enabling you to experiment with various scenarios regarding virtualization, efficiency, power sizing, capital costs and more, TradeOff Tools break down major planning points into a series of smaller (manageable) decisions.

The seven tools include:



• Carbon
Calculator: Illustrates how changes to a data centre’s location,
efficiency and power load can impact carbon dioxide emissions and the
electric bill.


• Energy
Efficiency Calculator: Profiles a data centre and calculates the
resulting efficiency and electrical cost based on data centre
characteristics.



Capital Cost Calculator: Identifies key physical infrastructure
parameters and calculates capital costs based on those parameters.



Virtualization Energy Cost Calculator: Comprehends IT and physical
infrastructure characteristics and calculates energy savings resulting
from the virtualization of servers.


• Power
Sizing Calculator: Defines basic characteristics of the IT load and
calculates how much utility input power would be required to support
such a load.


• InRow
Containment Selector: Generates a prototype rack and row cooling
configuration based on your preferences and the physical constraints of
the room.


• AC
versus DC Calculator: Compares four different AC and DC power
distribution architectures and calculates their respective efficiencies.




CLICK HERE to check out APC’s TradeOff Tools for yourself.