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Server Room Power Requirements Calculator

The server room's power supply must be able to adequately support its current and future contents. Whether IT is refreshin
location of the server room, or conducting due diligence, it is important to understand server room power requirements. Pow
must take into account critical IT loads as well as energy overhead. Calculate power and load requirements to understand a
present and future power needs. This tool can be used to estimate server room power requirements within a range of 10%Note: Some calculations in this tool are adapted from APC information.

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Existing Server Load Calculations

Enter server information, along with Amps and Volts into the table below to calculate the total server load in kW for the orga
express power requirements as kW, nameplate ratings are used to arrive at a kW input.
This tool uses the following formula for this conversion:
VOLT AMPS = AMPS x VOLTS
WATTS = VOLT AMPS x 0.67
kW = WATTS/1000

List each server located in the server room in the table below. Use nameplate ratings to collect amps and volts for each dev
Be sure to include the device name for tracking purposes.

Inputs

Device Name

TC-NETPRO
TC-SURFWATCH

Server Model

PROLIANT DL 360 G4p


PROLIANT DL 360 G2

Utilization Assumption

30-70%
30-70%

AMPS

1.2
5

otal server load in kW for the organization. Where a power utility or calculation tool is not available from the vendor to

ollect amps and volts for each device to determine the kW required.

Outputs

VOLTS

240
48

WATTS
(Enter if volts and
amps are not
available)

WATTS

kW

Total Existing Server Load


(kW)

192.96
160.8

0.19296
0.1608

0.354

Average Server Load (kW)


0.177

Other Existing Equipment Load Calculations

Enter equipment information, along with Amps and Volts, into the table below to calculate the total equipment load in kW fo
available from the vendor to express power requirements as kW, nameplate ratings are used to arrive at a kW input.
This tool uses the following formula for this conversion:
VOLT AMPS = AMPS x VOLTS
WATTS = VOLT AMPS x 0.67
kW = WATTS/1000

List each equipment device located in the server room in the table below (other equipment includes switches, routers, etc.)
determine the kW required.
Be sure to include the device name for tracking purposes.

Inputs

Device Name
Cisco 6509
Cisco 2610

Type of Device?

AMPS

VOLTS

15
1.5

240
240

w to calculate the total equipment load in kW for the server room. Where a power utility or calculation tool is not
ratings are used to arrive at a kW input.

her equipment includes switches, routers, etc.). Use nameplate ratings to collect amps and volts for each device to

Outputs
WATTS
(Enter if volts and
amps are not
available)

WATTS

kW

Total Existing Equipment Load


(kW)

3600
360

3.6
0.36

3.96

Average Equipment Load (kW)


0.0408247423

Server Room Power and Load Requirements Estimates


The following table summarizes the power load requirements for the organization's environment. Enter the required inputs
estimate for the server room's required power load in the second table.

Enter total floor area of server room (sq. ft).

1200

Enter anticipated number of future servers to be added.

50

Which cooling device is used in the server room? (select from


drop-down menu).

DX System

Enter the three phase AC voltage provided at the service


entrance (kW).

25

Item

Description
Power Requirement - Electrical

Existing or actual equipment load

Ratings for servers and other


equipment (calculated in Tab 2 and
3).

Estimated future loads

Based on the average server load


and anticipated number of future
servers to be added.

Peak power draw from variation in critical loads

The total steady state load. Based on


current and future loads.

UPS inefficiency and battery charging

Actual and future loads (kW).

Lighting

Based on the floor area in the server


room.

Total power required to support electrical demands

Power drawn from servers,


equipment, UPS, and lighting.

Power Requirement - Cooling


Based on the standard assumption
that power required is 70% of total
electrical demand.

Power to support chiller system

Power to support DX system


Total power required to support cooling demands

Based on the standard assumption


that power required is 100% of total
electrical demand.
Power drawn from cooling devices.

Total Power Requirement


Total amount of power required to support both electrical and
cooling demands

Size of Electrical Service Estimate


Total electrical and cooling
requirements multiplied by 1.25 to
meet regulator requirements.
Existing AC voltage from building
(can be found at service entrance).

Regulator (i.e.NEC) requirements


Three phase AC voltage

Electrical service required from utility company (calculated in


Utility company estimate.
Amps)
Size of Standby Generator Estimate (if Applicable)
Critical loads that require generator back up
Cooling loads that require generator back up
Estimated size of generator required

Based on total power to support


electrical demand.
Based on total power to support
cooling.

imates

nt. Enter the required inputs in the first table to calculate the

Subtotal kW

Total electrical service


required from utility company
in Amps
1180.701

4.314

8.844

Size of generator needed


(estimated in kW)

13.816

57.193

4.210
2.400
20.426

Electrical service required


from utility company in Amps
per sq. ft
0.984

N/A

20.426
20.426

40.852

51.065
25.000
1180.701

26.554
30.639
57.193

Power Requirements Results Summary

The following table summarizes the results from the inputs in Tabs 1 - 4 that estimate the organization's critical power and l

Total Existing Server Load

0.354

kW

Average Server Load

0.177

kW

Total Existing Equipment Load

3.960

kW

Average Equipment Load

0.041

kW

Total Electrical Service Required


From Utility Company in Amps

1180.701

Amps

Total Electrical Service Required


From Utility Company in Amps per
Sq. Ft

0.984

Amps

Size of Generator Needed

57.193

kW

ganization's critical power and load requirements for the server room.