Three Ways to Save By Making Your Data Center Greener
As energy costs continue to rise around the world, more companies are beginning to look into cutting costs any way they can. For some, this means decreasing their workforce, which can often decrease output. Others will look to spend less on market research and non-revenue generating positions. However, when looking into cost-savings, it is important to consider all options, and a company’s data center is an excellent place to start. Making your data center greener will both limit a company’s energy usage and save them money due to this efficiency.
Be it wind or solar power, there are tax incentives and cost savings to be found by going green. Amazon’s AWS cloud data center is testing both Tesla batteries and wind power for their new facilities, and for good reason; greenhousedata.com reports renewably powerwed data centers “can save up to 64.5% in energy costs compared to an average data center.” With rechargeable battery backups playing a major role in a data center’s infrastructure, using larger batteries and renewable energy as a main power source is the next logical step.
Migrating a company’s data to a single location has become a best practice; having data centers in multiple locations is both costly and energy inefficient. Even the United States federal government has recognized the need to consolidate data. In 2010, the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative was launched in an effort to limit data sprawl, cut cost and remove under-utilized locations. Within three years, the U.S. government had saved over 1.1 billion dollars.
More Efficient UPS’s
As mentioned in the section on renewable energy, reliable backup power is imperative to a quality data center infrastructure. Part of this involves a UPSs, or Uninterruptible Power Supplies. As the name suggests, these devices ensure power is maintained and properly transferred during a power outage. However, these units can be somewhat energy efficient themselves. According to EnergyStar, using an EnergyStar qualified UPS could save a larger data center around $18,000 per year.
All three of these suggestions require little out of pocket costs above and beyond routine maintenance of a quality data center. Even upgrades that require an additional up front cost end up paying for themselves and then some in the long run. So if you are looking to cut annual costs, consider these suggestions.
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