Data Center Efficiency and Retrofit Best Practices

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IT Best Practices: Intel IT has developed best practices for increasing data center efficiency by retrofitting data center infrastructure. Our goal is to optimize capacity and the return on invested capital and decrease operating costs. We also focus on minimizing the impact to customers during the retrofit process.

Several factors have led Intel to perform increasing numbers of data center retrofit projects over the last few years:

  • Data center consolidation.
  • Steady growth in demand for computing, network, and storage resources, which requires us to increase compute capacity while decreasing the data center footprint.
  • Refresh of low-density equipment to high-density equipment and upgrades to IT equipment that is approaching end of life.
  • The need to align capabilities for data center reliability with changing business needs We use our data center lifecycle to guide our retrofit process, implementing best practices at every stage in the lifecycle—high-level requirements, feasibility study, design, construction, commissioning, and sustaining. This approach enables us to renovate a large data center or perform a targeted retrofit of a smaller facility as efficiently as possible. Retrofitting data centers can cost less than new construction and can help extend the life of our data centers and adapt them to changing business needs.

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