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Don’s Corner: “Reduce Energy Costs In Your Data Center: Data Center Efficiency Assessments”

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Don Melchert, Critical Facility Specialist

Data center efficiency is key to controlling energy costs and has become a topic of significant importance in the data center industry. Gartner research reports that 70 percent of CIOs say power and cooling issues are the single largest concern facing their data centers. Nearly half of a data center’s energy bill is from power and cooling infrastructure.

Our organization, Universal Networking Services, specializes in establishing energy efficiency benchmarks and provides cost-effective, energy efficient power, cooling and management solutions. A company that differentiates itself from its competitors by focusing on achieving maximum energy efficiency in the shortest time possible, is now offering their Critical Facility Energy Profile (CFEP) absolutely free. Using a non-invasive, risk free approach, our CFEP service inspects and analyzes a critical facility holistically, then identifies potential conflicts and makes recommendations on how to improve the overall reliability and energy efficiency of their IT support assets.  Upon completion, a CFEP Report Card is provided which summarizes each critical support component and its associated costs, based on deployment and facility architecture. A 20-30% increase in energy efficiency is a typical ROI for customers that have had a CFEP performed. Additonally, UNS offers cost segregation (tax savings) and leasing solutions to help the customer get the maximum ROI on new equipment.

Data Center Electrical Efficiency Profiles

Our Critical Facility Energy Profiles (CFEP) service provides an analysis of your current power and cooling infrastructure to determine the baseline efficiency of your wiring closet, server room or data center. Our critical facilities specialist will document the existing infrastructure, determine the efficiency and provide an accurate assessment of the factors limiting the highest achievable efficiency of the data center. The critical facility specialist will provide a comprehensive report that will make recommendations for changes to maximize efficiency. The following seven (7) key areas of your Network Critical Physical Infrastructure is evaluated:

  • Power
  • Cooling
  • Enclosures/Racks
  • Security
  • Fire Suppression
  • Management
  • Recycle/Re-use of Old Equipment

Our Critical Facility Energy Profiles (CFEP) service is available in three (3) distinct profiles:

Basic Premier Elite
Power Assessment Power Assessment Power Assessment
Cooling Assessment Cooling Assessment Cooling Assessment
Enclosures/Rack Enclosures/Rack Enclosures/Rack
Fire Suppression Fire Suppression Fire Suppression
Security Assessment Security Assessment Security Assessment
Management Assessment Management Assessment Management Assessment
Personnel Assessment Personnel Assessment Personnel Assessment
NCPI Report Card NCPI Report Card NCPI Report Card
Uptime Risk Assessments Uptime Risk Assessments
Rack/Row Efficiency Measurements Rack/Row Efficiency Measurements
Product Training (Where Applicable)
On-Site Finding Presentation
Thermal Imaging
CFD Analysis

Learn More:

To learn more about our Data Center Efficiency Assessment Services please visit us at  Please feel free to contact Don Melchert with any questions at or call 918-760-8236.