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Yahoo Wins Data Center Energy Efficiency Award Utilizing Cooling Optimization and Control Solution from SynapSense, a Panduit Company

January 14, 2015, Tinley Park, IL

Yahoo was named as winner in the 2014 DataCenter Dynamics North American Award “Improved Data Center Energy Efficiency” for its joint data center project with SynapSense®, a Panduit company that saved 7.5 million kilowatt hours of energy annually. The award is sponsored by The Green Grid and recognizes Yahoo’s commitment to drive greater energy efficiency in the data center operations through the process of measurement, benchmarking, analysis, recommendation and implementation.

As measurement is key to managing energy efficiency, the focus of this project relied on capturing granular cooling metrics. SynapSense and Yahoo worked together to reduce cooling costs by deploying the SynapSense Wireless Environmental Monitoring Solution, improving airflow management, leveraging air economizers and deploying SynapSense Active Control to dynamically match cooling requirements to changes in the IT load. Their joint retrofit project at the Yahoo data centers in Quincy, Washington saved nearly double the original target announced in March 2014..

"At Yahoo, we are honored by the recognition of the Data Center Energy Efficiency award by Data Center Dynamics North America,” said Brett Illers, Yahoo’s Manager of Energy and Sustainability Strategy, who oversaw the project. “The award highlights Yahoo’s extraordinary innovation and ongoing commitment to deploy innovative sustainability solutions, whether through retrofitting our existing facilities on site or developing and building new data center designs, with the objective of operating the most energy efficient data centers in the world.”.

The project included installation of the SynapSense wireless environmental monitoring. SynapSense and Yahoo teamed to utilize SynapSense advanced tools and metrics to “balance” the raised floor for effective distribution of airflow and then optimize data center cooling. SynapSense Active Control™ was deployed to automatically maintain efficient operating conditions by dynamically matching cooling to the varying equipment and conditions in the data center..

“We are proud to be partnering with Yahoo in this tremendous accomplishment and applaud them for winning this prestigious award,” said Khaled Nassoura, vice president, of the Panduit Data Center business unit. Together we exceeded our expectations for the project by delivering 44% cooling energy savings, which resulted in a real and tangible ROI.”.

SynapSense was acquired by Panduit in May of 2014. Panduit has recently been recognized by Gartner as a “Visionary” in the Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools and was one of only seven DCIM vendors included in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools report. Click to download the report. For more information visit  and

About SynapSense, a Panduit company

SynapSense is the leading provider of wireless data center monitoring and cooling control solutions. The SynapSense Data Center Solution delivers unparalleled visibility, reliability and energy efficiency in the world’s leading data centers. For more information, visit

About Yahoo

Yahoo is focused on making the world's daily habits inspiring and entertaining. By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, we keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. In turn, we create value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses. Yahoo is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and has offices located throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. For more information, visit the press room ( or the Company's blog (

SynapSense is the trademark and/or registered trademark of SynapSense Corporation. Yahoo is the trademark and/or registered trademark of Yahoo! Inc. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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SynapSense, a Panduit company  
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