Our Approach

Our data center energy efficiency services develop a “Continuous Improvement” plan and follows a methodology that is divided into five distinct segments to ensure professional, customized energy efficiency projects for customers.

DCR has experience and skills with equipment vendors supplying servers, storage, networking, “Cloud” solutions and “Big Data” applications. DCR also has experience and skills with telecom switches, multiplexors, DACS and cross-connects.

Specifically, Data Center Rebates (DCR) is focused on “Industrial Efficiency” applying a production methodology to data center clients resulting in cash rebates from Utility companies. DCR will:

1. Establish your current baseline of energy utilization and overall data center efficiency.
2. Analyze the productivity and energy efficiency improvement potential. 
3. Work with Utility companies to gain concurrence on the methodology.
4. Maximize energy rebates offered by utilities for energy efficiency improvements by managing and streamlining complex negotiations.
5. Reduce your energy bill and ongoing OpEx.

We have experience working with all sizes of data centers and offer comprehensive services, including audit, design, and implementation.

There are conflicting views as to the nature of energy use in data centers as well as numerous — and inconsistent — ways to measure and verify the energy savings (e.g., PUE, DCiE, CADE, CUPS) gained from best practices. Simply put, there are no data center standards yet regarding energy efficiency.

In March of 2010, however, an announcement was made by a group of IT industry veterans who are teaming with the University of Missouri on an open source approach to data center design and engineering. Called the Open Source Data Center Initiative, they plan to use a Missouri data center project as a test bed for their innovations, including a platform for stable, secure, efficient, and sustainable state of the art operations that can be replicated world-wide, accomplished through public/private investment.

Their mission is to establish an open and free engineering framework upon which data center designs and technologies can be quickly put together to standardize the way both end users and engineering firms improve energy efficiency of data centers.

Existing membership organizations that spotlight IT energy efficiency have done a good job of highlighting challenges faced by data center professionals, but have had difficulty creating industry consensus around standards for energy efficiency metrics. If the Open Source Data Center Initiative’s open source design approach succeeds, the IT industry will have consistent metrics for energy efficiency in data centers.

Data Center Rebates takes an innovative, comprehensive approach to data center energy efficiency by viewing the data center as a process facility that provides a valuable good (information), and as such, should be considered similarly to any other process facility, like a factory. This means that energy incentives can be based upon energy reductions per unit output of goods produced.

The advantage for the data center is that future increases in capacity can be given incentives and that the energy used to support the facility (i.e., cooling) can be counted in the calculation of energy saved. This provides a truer picture of the total energy saved and increases the potential of energy rebate incentives for IT projects.

Data Center Rebates starts with three of four meetings between the customer’s IT and Facilities managers and our engineering team. The purpose of these meetings is to develop a “utility grade” framework by which the energy savings can be validated and qualified for utilities’ energy rebate incentives. This framework considers the following:

  1. Nature of the energy savings
  2. Baseline pre-project energy profile
  3. Post project energy profile
  4. Project scope of work
  5. How energy will be measured pre and post-project
  6. Expected energy savings
  7. How can the results be verified and audited