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Grow a Greener Data Center by Douglas Alger

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Chapter 6Cabling Your Way to a Greener Data Center

This chapter compares the environmental impacts of cabling media and illustrates the benefits of streamlining both structured cabling and patch cord installations in a Data Center to improve airflow and reduce energy consumption.

Cabling Choices

When considering approaches to greening a Data Center, scant attention is normally paid to cabling infrastructure. That’s understandable because electrical components, cooling systems, and computing hardware all have higher green profiles due to their direct consumption of energy. However, the choice of what cabling media to employ and in what quantities contributes to your Data Center’s environmental impact as well, from how cable types are manufactured ...

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