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What You Need to Know When Comparing Colocation Providers
As you shop for the right colocation provider, are you getting t...
PUE Defined
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#1: What is the annualized PUE of the data center
facility I’m considering? How is it calculated?
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When to Use Annualized PUE
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Why Annualized PUE Matters
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At Aligned Data Centers, we guarantee an annualized PUE of
1.15. That compares to an industry average PUE of 1.8-1....
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#2: What is the peak PUE of the data center facility I’m
considering? How is it calculated?
When to Use Peak PUE
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Why Peak PUE Matters
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Across Aligned Data Centers’ locations, our peak PUE
averages to 1.25. In comparison, the new data center efficien...
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#3: For both annualized PUE and peak PUE
How was the data collected?
What type of equipment collected the data?
Wh...
#4: Is PUE used to determine my monthly energy costs?
Which PUE number will be used for my pricing?
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Monthly energy...
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#5: Is a certain annualized PUE guaranteed in the
service level agreement (SLA)?
Colocation providers are often no...
At Aligned Data Centers, the 1.15 annualized PUE we use to
calculate our clients’ monthly energy charges is guaranteed.
In...
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#6: How much of utility load goes to mechanical overhead?
How much to electrical overhead?
The lower the peak PUE ...
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#7: What about your technology drives energy efficiency?
At Aligned Data Centers, our ultra-low PUE is driven in l...
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#8: What mechanism do you have for me to see real-time
and historical PUE data?
Aligned Data Centers’ Client Porta...
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What You Need to Know When Comparing Colocation Providers

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Armed with these 8 questions, you’ll be able to accurately compare energy efficiency between colocation data centers – to ensure that once you sign on the dotted line, you’ll actually get what you expect.

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What You Need to Know When Comparing Colocation Providers

  1. 1. What You Need to Know When Comparing Colocation Providers As you shop for the right colocation provider, are you getting the whole story? Armed with the 8 questions here, you’ll be able to accurately compare energy efficiency between colocation data centers – to ensure that once you sign on the dotted line, you’ll actually get what you expect.
  2. 2. PUE Defined Page 2
  3. 3. #1: What is the annualized PUE of the data center facility I’m considering? How is it calculated? Page 3
  4. 4. When to Use Annualized PUE Page 4
  5. 5. Why Annualized PUE Matters Page 5
  6. 6. Page 6 At Aligned Data Centers, we guarantee an annualized PUE of 1.15. That compares to an industry average PUE of 1.8-1.9, according to the 2016 U.S. Data Center Energy Report.
  7. 7. Page 7 #2: What is the peak PUE of the data center facility I’m considering? How is it calculated?
  8. 8. When to Use Peak PUE Page 8
  9. 9. Why Peak PUE Matters Page 9
  10. 10. Page 10 Across Aligned Data Centers’ locations, our peak PUE averages to 1.25. In comparison, the new data center efficiency standard from ASHRAE approximates a peak PUE of 1.72.
  11. 11. Page 11 #3: For both annualized PUE and peak PUE How was the data collected? What type of equipment collected the data? What is the timeframe covered by the reported value? At what frequency were the individual data points collected?
  12. 12. #4: Is PUE used to determine my monthly energy costs? Which PUE number will be used for my pricing? Page 12 Monthly energy cost = Power consumption x Utility rate x PUE
  13. 13. Page 13 #5: Is a certain annualized PUE guaranteed in the service level agreement (SLA)? Colocation providers are often not transparent in their lease agreements about what that PUE multiplier will be. Some providers tout an ultra-low PUE, but the conditions under which a customer would actually “qualify” for that PUE are nearly impossible to meet.
  14. 14. At Aligned Data Centers, the 1.15 annualized PUE we use to calculate our clients’ monthly energy charges is guaranteed. In the SLA. No caveats, no exceptions, no matter the power density or capacity of the facility. Page 14
  15. 15. Page 15 #6: How much of utility load goes to mechanical overhead? How much to electrical overhead? The lower the peak PUE (the more energy efficient the data center design is), the more of the total utility load can be used for IT rather than data center overhead.
  16. 16. Page 16 #7: What about your technology drives energy efficiency? At Aligned Data Centers, our ultra-low PUE is driven in large part by our award-winning Inertech cooling system. A compressor “trims” the atmosphere, adapting to the outdoor temperature, and only runs at full load for a small percentage of hours per year, optimizing energy efficiency, water efficiency, and reliability (99.9999%).
  17. 17. Page 17 #8: What mechanism do you have for me to see real-time and historical PUE data? Aligned Data Centers’ Client Portal gives every client full visibility into the performance of their data center and all of the assets within. The dashboard provides high-level and in-depth views of key performance indicators and predictive analytics, in real time as well as historical. Energy KPIs include PUE, cost per kWh, and peak power usage history per site or across multiple locations.
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