Toyota released the results of a five-month pilot last week that showed that by simply locating and addressing hot spots in a data center, it could reduce power consumption by 10%.

Toyota Motor Sales USA worked with IBM and Southern California Edison on the pilot in its 20,000-square-foot data center in Torrance, Calif. It deployed new software, from IBM’s research division called IBM Measurement and Management Technologies, that essentially maps a data center to find the hot spots. The software assesses thermal readings throughout a data center, from floor to ceiling, and creates a three-dimensional chart pinpointing power and cooling inefficiencies.

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