Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency

What Does Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency Mean?

Data center infrastructure efficiency (DCIE) is a metric used to evaluate the power or energy efficiency of a data center. It involves the evaluation and calculation of the overall energy consumption of a data center, specifically how it relates to the energy use of IT devices and equipment.

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Techopedia Explains Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency

DCIE primarily helps in determining how energy efficient the IT resources and equipment within a particular data center are. It is a metric evaluated as a percentage. To calculate DCIE, the total energy consumption of all IT equipment and resources is divided by the entire energy consumption of a data center. This helps to identify how efficient the data center IT equipment is in relation to overall data center energy use. Moreover, similar metrics can also be evaluated for a specific node/device to provide more granular measures of DCIE.

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