How Efficient Is Your Data Center?

If a data center manager hasn’t evaluated the overall data center efficiency, where should he begin?

The first place to look when finding ways to make your data center more efficient is at the most common culprit – Cooling. More often than not, improvements can be made to better direct airflow and eliminate bypass air, which helps greatly increase the overall efficiency of the data center.

Next, a data center manager should review his power usage. Is there stranded power that could be utilized? Are there hot spots that need to be addressed? Finding out how energy is being used and what trends are occurring can help them best determine the way to reconfigure their equipment for increased efficiency. Managers should perform an inventory of their equipment – servers, switches, etc. Then isolate the outdated equipment and make plans to upgrade to newer, more efficient devices.

 

What should data center managers keep foremost in mind when upgrading to more efficient equipment?

Purchasing equipment that holds the Energy Star rating will ensure that you are investing in electronics that will improve the overall energy efficiency of your data center. The benefits of Energy Star rated equipment include, but are not limited to:

  • Efficient power supplies,
  • Advanced power management features
  • Typical ranges of efficiency from 92% to 95% for UPSes.

 

How have data centers improved their efficiency in recent years?

As visualization becomes more prevalent, data centers have shown great improvement in the area of efficiency. Consolidation of servers has been very advantageous for reducing energy consumption and the effort to “go green” by both data center managers as well as equipment manufacturers has also helped to improve inefficiencies.

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