HOW TO BUY POWER IN A DATA CENTER
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This eBook provides a primer on the basics of power for the data center, how to calculate it, and the general process of how it is purchased in a third-party data center or colocation facility.
The eBook is divided into two major sections:
- How is Power Measured.
- Calculating Your Power Needs.
How is Power MeasuredThis section explains the different electrical terms and how these terms fit into the consumption of power with servers and IT equipment in the data center. This includes:
- Volts (V)
- Amps (A)
- Watts (W)
- Kilowatt (kWh)
- Kilowatt hours (kWh)
- Alternating Current (AC)
- Direct Current (DC)
- Single Phase and 3-Phase Power
Calculating Your Power NeedsThis section explains the different methods for determining the power consumption level of each server and piece of IT equipment slated for your colocation stack. The eBook then covers the different aspects of how power is sold in the data center, and how business can calculate it accurately, which includes:
- Rated and De-Rated Power
- Calculating Kilowatt Hours (kWh)
- Metered and Unmetered Power