June 3, 2010 – The biannual Data Center Users Group (DCUG) survey results showed adequate monitoring and management capabilities as respondents’ primary facility/network concern. Heat density and availability were second and third in the list of top concerns, followed by energy efficiency and power density.

The main data center issue experienced in the past 12 months was hot spots, with 40 percent of respondents reporting it. Twenty-three percent of respondents also experienced at least one power outage in the last 12 months. Reasons cited for the outages included weather, human error and equipment failure, while costs were as high as $2 million.

The DCUG survey highlights data center cooling’s evolution as new and proven technologies are deployed that support higher densities and improve cooling efficiency. These include cold aisle containment (39 percent), fluid economizers (39 percent), air economizers (21 percent) and rack-based cooling (17 percent).

“Many in the industry are realizing that monitoring and management systems are key to ensuring availability, improving efficiency, planning for the future and managing change,” says Bob Miller, vice president, Emerson Network Power’s Liebert products business in North America, and a member of the Data Center Users’ Group board of directors. Miller predicts that monitoring tools will continue to grow in importance as organizations seek to optimize efficiency and density.

The survey, which includes responses from more than 170 data center, facility and IT managers in North America, was sponsored by Emerson Network Power. For more information on the DCUG, visit www.datacenterug.org.

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