APC, part of the Critical Power and Cooling Services business unit of Schneider Electric, has unveiled its new Efficiency Quotient online tool to help IT professionals worldwide determine the efficiency levels of their data centre.

APC’s easy-to-use Efficiency Quotient tool provides a fact-based rating of an existing data centre’s current efficiency levels; recommended next steps for improvement; access to related white papers, tools and information; and more information on the key elements of an Efficient Enterprise. This is the first in a series of efficiency quotient tools that APC will introduce in the months ahead.
Gartner Research predicts that by 2008, 50% of today’s data centres will have insufficient power and cooling capacity to meet the demands of high density equipment.
In fact many IT professionals today already grapple with insufficient power and cooling capabilities in their data centres and the problem is only expected to grow more challenging as the need for power has increased due to the adoption rate of more powerful blade server technology.
Once an IT professional completes the 18 question survey (requiring only multiple-choice or yes/no responses), the online measurement tool provides an audit of current efficiency and identifies any gaps that need attention to improve efficiency. The audit provides results in three categories including the data centre infrastructure efficiency (0 – 100%), the IT efficiency effectiveness on a relative scale of zero to five and the data centre’s efficiency maturity level also on a relative scale of zero to five.
The data centre infrastructure efficiency is a quantitative metric based on the methodology described in APC’s White Paper #113, "Electrical Efficiency Modeling for Data Centers". In addition, an overall efficiency score, on a scale of 0 to 5, lets the user know their overall performance level.
"APC’s new Data Centre Efficiency Quotient tool offers our customers and others a quick way to benchmark themselves in both a qualitative and quantitative way on the energy efficiency of their data centre," says Carl Kleynhans, regional director: Africa, Critical Power and Cooling Services business unit of Schneider Electric.
"In addition to providing an overall efficiency score, the measurement tool offers peer results so companies can compare themselves to other companies in their industry. With a data centre efficiency quotient score, user’s now have a fundamental understanding of where they are today, and what those next steps are toward becoming an Efficient Enterprise."
Based on the survey results, the tool provides recommended next steps to immediately improve a user’s efficiency. While there are other variables that effect data centre infrastructure efficiency, such as geographical location, this tool is meant to provide a relative score from which a user can begin to benchmark themselves against their peers.