Upsite Technologies Releases Version 2.0 of Cooling Capacity Factor (CCF) White Paper6 min read

by | Sep 18, 2013 | Press

Albuquerque, NM – September 18, 2013 – Upsite Technologies, Inc., a leader in data center airflow management solutions, announced today that it has updated its popular Cooling Capacity Factor (CCF) White Paper. Originally published in April, this new version includes more field data and feedback from the data center industry.

For the White Paper, Upsite reviewed over forty-five data centers, finding the average data center had a rated cooling capacity of nearly four times the IT head load. In one case, Upsite observed a data center operating at 30 times the IT heat load! The updated White Paper has been revised with details regarding Airflow Management (AFM) methodologies, enabling data center operators to take actionable measures.

According to the White Paper, the average data center can save up to $32,000 annually by implementing practical, cost-effective, but often overlooked AFM techniques.

“After encouraging feedback from the data center industry, we refined our metrics and added more data,” said Lars Strong, P.E. Senior Engineer, Upsite Technologies. “The changes made to this White Paper better illustrate, both in words and images, the necessity of calculating the CCF of a facility and enabling the data center operator to take actionable results.”

Released in April, the CCF is a metric Upsite developed for data center operators to analyze the cooling capacity of their data centers. The factor determines the ratio of total installed cooling capacity (rated) to the critical load. This resulting number indicates how well current cooling resources are being utilized. Once the CCF is calculated, a site can confidently implement practical AFM initiatives in a measured and impactful way and significantly improve its cooling efficiency. Data center managers can calculate their cooling capacity for free using Upsite’s Cooling Capacity Factor Calculator.

“CCF is becoming the benchmark for cooling efficiency” said John Thornell, President of Upsite Technologies. “Just as the Green Grid established PUE as an important metric for energy efficiency, Upsite is establishing CCF as an important metric for cooling efficiency.”

The complimentary CCF White Paper can be downloaded by visiting this link.

About Upsite Technologies

Upsite Technologies®, Inc. is the industry leader in data center airflow management. Upsite provides a full suite of products and services designed to optimize data center cooling systems, allowing managers to maximize cooling capacity while reducing energy costs. Upsite distributes its award-winning line of services and products, including its KoldLok® raised-floor grommet, through leading channel partners in the data center industry throughout the United States, EMEA and the Asia Pacific region.

Upsite Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2001 by Ken Brill, creator of the Uptime Institute, a think tank dedicated to understanding, improving, educating and expanding awareness of uptime and optimal inefficiencies in data centers. Additional information can be found at


Cooling Capacity Factor (CCF) Reveals Data Center Savings

Learn the importance of calculating your computer room’s CCF by downloading our free Cooling Capacity Factor white paper.

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