Data centers require a substantial amount of energy. This is because they are designed for capacity, reliability and performance, generally at the cost of its efficiency. This high demand of energy for data center operations unnecessarily increased the capital and operational expenditures, and can result in limited resources (space and power) being exhausted, hence creating a situation where the company may outgrow its data center.
In order to remain competitive in today’s competitive world, it is very essential to look for opportunities to augment the operational efficiency, cut down the expenses and enhance the bottom line. Within each and every corner of your business, improving organization’s efficiency is a never-ending journey.
As a significant capital investment, data centers are often under microscope when it comes to enhancing the performance. But fortunately, there are manifold ways IT and facility managers can enhance data center operations without even affecting the capacity, performance or the reliability. Here in this webcast, we have put together some steps to ameliorate the efficiency of data centers without comprising on reliability:
1. Minimize Cooling Power Utilization
In a typical data center, only about half of the power available is actually consumed by the IT equipment, with the rest of them going mostly to cooling. But the fact is much of that power can be recovered by eliminating the cooling inefficiencies, upgrading the cooling system to enable for variable cooling or making major use of the outside air.
2. Engage Power-Saving Feature on your CPUs
CPU may account for half of total power consumption when we talk about a server. However, there is a simple action you can take to face the issue of excessive usage. Just see if your CPUs have a feature you can enable completely to save power. Many of the datacenter managers eventually find out their facilities have such CPUs but were unaware that the power-saving capability existed.
3. Combine and Virtualize
What do you think is the biggest source of waste in most of the data centers? Well, the biggest source is the poor utilization of server. Virtualizing the servers can augment the overall utilization from around 10 percent to between 20 percent and 30 percent, and sometimes it might go over 50 percent, with much more dynamic and data center management systems. This also regains a considerable amount of rack space and stranded power in the process.
4. Online Capacity to Actual Load in Real-Time
During the periods of low application demand, the best virtualized and recently refreshed server configurations tend to waste a considerable amount of power. The total server power consumption can be mitigated by up to 50 percent just by matching the on-line capacity to actual load in real-time.
5. Determine Actual Power Consumption
Older equipment often consumes power less efficiently, and new servers can overload the circuits more frequently when allocated incorrectly and aggregated.
6. Eliminate the Transfer Switch
While the use of an automatic switch between the grid and the generator is a common configuration, an Alternating Current and Direct Current distribution bus is far more efficient and just as effective during a power outage.
7. Stimulating IT/Facility Management Consistency
Maximizing data center operations will need an unequalled level of cooperation between the IT and facility managers.
8. Implement Better Storage Software
For many of the same generation, various components like processors, memory systems, and the drives themselves; will be similar or at least similar indeed. This implies that more of the opportunities for saving power and increasing consumption will be derived from the array software than the hardware underlying it.
9. Monetize your Data Center
Electricity is expensive, and others will continue to consume an ever-increasing amount of it. The AC and DC distribution bus configuration prepares the organization to yield financial rewards by participating in the smart grid’s ancillary energy markets and demand response events, or through distribution generation via net metering along with a micro grid powered by sources of renewable energy.
10. Back to Basics
Like any other thing, data centers too have a growth cycle and unfortunately, many of the data centers are a mess, plain and simple. There are many things that can pull an organization in different directions but the key is to stick to the basics in the data center. Though it might seem too basic but things like ensuring abandoned cables are replaced and racks are sealed off from top to bottom so as to run an efficient data center for a considerable period of time.
Many of these steps pertaining to efficiency of data center operations are surprisingly easy to take, and even more difficult ones can normally be justified on the basis of substantial costs savings available. This means that the energy efficiency is like ‘going green’ in data centers today, for both financial and environmental reasons.