The Challenge: Provide HBS with alternative solutions to improve energy usage and performance of a 1720 square foot data center and associated infrastructure.  The data center has a low ceiling and some pockets of the room lack proper cooling.

The Solution: Develop a list of energy conservation measures (ECMs) by performing an energy audit which will include computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis. CFD analysis creates a mathematical model of the data center thermal environment, which can be used to optimize the room’s cooling efficiency and save energy. The audit will take into consideration the short and long-term computer equipment growth projections and desired reliability level for the data center.

Environmental Benefits: Construction of a reliable estimate of energy efficiency, usage, and overall financial performance of the data center.