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Cut Your Power Consumption and Boost Your Data Center’s EfficiencyNovember 21, 2013
If you’re like most San Francisco, San Joe or Bay Area facility managers, you take it for granted that your facility’s data center must run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without fail — and naturally, this “always up” requirement eats a considerable amount of power. But if you’ve written off the pricey nature of data center operations as a necessary evil, it’s time to rethink your assumptions. Let’s look at a few ways today’s data centers can reduce power consumption without reducing performance.
First of all, how is your data center energy actually being used? Are you running multiple servers or distribution components when you could achieve the same performance with only a few? Could some of those servers be virtualized to save even more energy? You might be surprised to discover just how much redundancy exists in your IT configuration — and not the smart kind, either, but the energy-wasting kind.
You must also think about how much energy your data center devotes merely to cooling itself. Did you know that half of most data centers’ energy expenditures are for things like air conditioning? If that sounds all too familiar, look at ways of upgrading your old climate control system to a more efficient model and/or rearranging your IT components into hot/cold aisles for improved airflow and easier temperature control.
Even the type of electrical current used can impact your distribution costs. For instance, instead of expending energy converting alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) for your data center’s use, why not stick to DC exclusively for that part of your facility? You’ll not only reduce the energy spent on the conversions themselves, but you’ll also generate less heat, which in turn reduces cooling expenditures.
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