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This blog discusses Oracle's sustainability-related solutions and some of the sustainability activities at Oracle.

  • December 29, 2014

Oracle Wins Prestigious Data Center Award from Datacenter Dynamics

Oracle
has again been acknowledged as a leader in data center energy conservation. Earlier
this year, our energy efficient data centers gained accolades by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Society of Heating,
Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The momentum continues
with our data center team’s latest win, achieving a prestigious award by
DatacenterDynamics in recognition of Oracle’s “Breakthrough Innovations in
Large Data Center in Cold Climate” within the Mega Data Center category (net IT
load capacity greater than 1 megawatt). During
the awards ceremony in New York City on December 2, DatacenterDynamics
presented Oracle with this award to recognize our innovation, leadership and
best practices in this important category.

We
earned this achievement primarily by our innovative approach
to cooling data centers using outdoor cold air – also known as air-side
economization – which many have been reluctant to adopt in the past. The
conventional approach to humidifying large quantities of air requires injection
of steam into air whose generation requires energy. The industry learned
quickly that it required more energy to humidify dry outdoor air than the
energy saved from the use of its free cooling, and air-side economization did
not make much headway in data centers. These problems were addressed
efficiently in an innovative system installed in one of Oracle’s new state-of-the-art
data centers in West Jordan, Utah. The innovation centers on the use of waste
heat from the IT equipment for space humidification in the winter; evaporative
cooling in summer; reduced primary airflow to the IT equipment; strategic hot
air separation with recirculation; and novel controls that enabled the data
center to achieve very high cooling efficiency at a lower initial investment
cost. With efficient operation and low operating Power Usage Effectiveness
(PUE), the system is expected to save over 41,000 MWh a year and the equivalent
of 37,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually compared to an average
efficient data center. More information on the project details can be found in our
new whitepaper on data
center cooling design
.

Customers
can learn from Oracle’s best practices on how to construct, manage, and build
their own efficient data center, as well as run their applications on Oracle's
public cloud and take advantage of Oracle's power usage effectiveness. Learn more here about
how Oracle products and services can help customers optimize their data centers
and minimize energy use
.

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