This tool absolutely complements the excellent work being done by the EPA to create an Energy Star rating for datacenters (where your facility will get the lable if it falls into the top quartile of facilities for that year), as well as datacenter metrics work being done by the Uptime InstituteThe Green Grid (of which Cassatt is a member).
The DC-Pro tool has (and will have) a number of useful outputs:
- Ability to help you track DCiE over time
- Outline of end-use energy & resource breakouts
- List of energy reduction potential (and idealized DCiE)
- Specifically define areas for improvement (i.e. power sources, HVAC, IT, etc.)
But what's also great is that the tool generates immediately-useful data, such as your DCiE/PUE, and how it ranks your measures relative to others who have used the tool so you can compare with peers (all of which has been anonymized so that no proprietary data is revealed). In this way you can also track how improvements affect efficiency for yourself and against peer groups.
Bill also outlined the roadmap for the tool (the tool's not entirely complete yet), which is impressive and agressive. Plus, by 2011, they'd like to see
- 3,000 data centers will have completed awareness training through classes or webcasts via DOE partners
- 1,500 mid-tier and enterprise-class data centers will have applied the Assessment Protocols and Tools to improve data center energy efficiency by 25% (on average);
- 200 enterprise-class data centers will have improved their energy efficiency by 50% (on average) via aggressive measures as accelerated virtualization, high-efficiency servers, high-efficiency power systems (e.g., fuel cells), optimized cooling, and combined heat and power systems
- 200 Qualified Specialists will be certified to assist data centers
The montra I hear from everyone I speak with is "measure, measure, measure" (you can't control what you can't measure). But finally, someone has developed a tool in which to dump your measurements, and with which to compute your absolute and relative progress in becoming more energy-efficient.