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Data Center Energy Management Best Practices (Part 1) – Air flow, and lighting

Data Center Energy ManagementData center energy management requires IT professionals to manage a myriad of issues which can potentially cause downtime which translates into lost productivity and ultimately revenue.  One key way to minimize this downtime is through effective data center energy management.  Typically, data center energy management is often achieved through managing air flow, and lighting.

Air Flow

To maximize air flow in your data center, you should focus on the following:

  • Separate hot/cold air – By separating the cold air that should be sent into your data center and the hot air that should be pulled out from your data center, you can extend the life of your equipment and save energy at the same time.
  • Minimize air leaks – If you have any air leaks in rack enclosures or in the floor tiles of your data center, you could be wasting precious energy.
  • Optimize location of air conditioning systems – If air conditioning systems are placed too far from your data center, the systems will have to work more than is necessary to simply get air to your data center.  This is extremely inefficient and can significantly increase your utility bills.

Lighting

Lighting is necessary in all data centers, but due to the fact that data centers are typically not very busy with occupants, there are ways to reduce costs associated with lighting.

  • Use active sensors – Active sensors allow lights to be shut off when a data center is unoccupied.
  • Use bi-level lighting – Bi-level lighting allows you to have multiple levels of lighting in your data center.  A data center will typically need a low level of lighting for the majority of the time, but having a higher level is important should the need arise to perform very detailed work.

Impec Group offers a variety of data center management services to ensure that your equipment is always protected.  Give us a call today to learn how we can improve your data center energy management.