The Evolution of Data Centers from Energy Consumers to Energy Savers
Data centers are changing rapidly, and, as they become reliant on environmentally-friendly practices, there will be some winners and losers. Winners will be data centers that create energy-efficient infrastructures that combine software, construction, and utility in an eco-friendly and cost-effective way. Losers will be data centers that rely on diesel generators and traditional power generation.
Why will active energy players be more effective in the years to come? Here are three reasons this kind of power generation will save you money — and can be feasible for your data center.
Data center energy consumption is expected to level off through 2020
A common misconception is that electricity use is doubling every five years. While data centers are increasing in number, their energy use has leveled off since 2010. Instead, most data centers are using energy-efficient practices. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, electricity consumption is reported to stay the same from 2010 to 2020, even as total server installed based increases 40 percent over that period. Over that time, data centers are projected to save more than $60 billion dollars simply by using energy-efficient practices.
Best practices for energy savings are available
Part of the reason that data centers have been saving energy is because standard energy-saving practices have been adopted. Instead of relying so much on air conditioning, data centers now use hot aisle isolation, economizers, and liquid cooling. In addition, data center scaling – or the practice of scaling back electricity used to power unused servers – has also cut down electricity costs.
Data center efficiency is not a mystery
It might seem difficult to figure out if your data center meets peak efficiency. Luckily, data center efficiency benchmarks have continued to be developed and used. The most common measure is Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). PUE considers the ratio of overall power used in comparison to computer equipment. If the ratio is 1.0 or close to 1.0, a facility is energy efficient. Server utilization, or how often unused servers take up energy, is also becoming a common measure.
In sum, there’s no reason not to know how efficient your data center is and to take steps to improve its eco-friendliness. If your data center needs to move to find and develop a more energy-efficient infrastructure, Silverback Data Center Solutions can make your move much smoother. We’ll plan your move, certify your shipping, and configure your equipment in your new space. Relocating could be the best thing for your data center – both economically and environmentally – and Silverback can help you make the move as stress-free as possible.
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