APC, a global company that offers integrated critical power and cooling services, unveiled its new Efficiency Quotient online tool to help IT professionals worldwide determine the efficiency levels of their data center. APC’s Efficiency Quotient tool provides a fact-based rating of an existing data center’s current efficiency levels; recommended next steps for improvement; access to related white papers, tools and information; and more information on the key elements of an “efficient enterprise.” This is the first in a series of efficiency quotient tools that APC plans to introduce.

According to Gartner Research, by 2008, 50 percent of today’s data centers will have insufficient power and cooling capacity to meet the demands of high-density equipment. Also according to Gartner Research, many IT professionals already are faced with insufficient power and cooling capabilities in their data centers. Gartner Research expects the problem to grow as more powerful blade server technology becomes more widely used.

APC’s efficiency quotient tool is based on an 18-question, multiple-choice survey. The online measurement tool provides an audit of current efficiency and identifies any gaps that need attention to improve efficiency. The audit provides results in three categories, including the data center infrastructure efficiency, the IT efficiency effectiveness on a relative scale of zero to five, and the data center’s efficiency maturity level on a relative scale of zero to five. In addition, an overall efficiency score, on a scale of zero to five, lets the user know their overall performance level.

“In addition to providing an overall efficiency score, the measurement tool offers peer results, so companies can compare themselves to other companies in their industry,” said Carl Cottuli, vice president of APC’s Data Center Science Center. “With a data center efficiency quotient score, users now have a fundamental understanding of where they are today, and what those next steps are toward becoming an efficient enterprise.”

Based on the survey results, the tool provides recommended next steps to immediately improve a user’s efficiency. While there are other variables that affect data center infrastructure efficiency, such as geographical location, this tool is meant to provide a relative score from which users can begin to benchmark themselves against their peers.

For more information on the Efficiency Quotient tool, visit www.apc.com.