Three Ways Your Data Center Can Save Energy
With environmental concerns on the rise, it’s more important than ever for data centers to run efficiently. From smart watches to smart cars, data centers are at the forefront of technology, and our dependence on them is only expected to grow. In the U.S. alone, industry experts predict the data center construction market will grow at a CAGR of 4.38% between 2016 and 2020. As we face more and more pressure to keep operations green, it’s critical that data centers keep their carbon footprint to a minimum. Here are some things to consider as you create a more efficient data center.
Consolidate your servers
Consolidating servers will eliminate wasteful systems and greatly reduce energy use. Did you know that a lightly used server (e.g., operating between 5% and 15% capacity) will still draw full power, as if it were at full throttle? By consolidating data stored across multiple servers to a single server, you can cut down on energy costs by 10% to 40%.
Another smart move is to decommission unused servers. According to Forbes, a study conducted in 2015 revealed that 30% of physical servers were idle and hadn’t been used in six months or more. Even though your unused equipment isn’t doing any computing, it is still consuming electricity. By the same token, idle servers account for $30 billion in untapped data center capital worldwide.
Consider increasing temperature and humidity levels
Although the recommended data center temperature is between 68 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit, many of the leading server brands can run just as well at slightly higher temperatures. For example, Google has stated that their data center temperature is set as high as 80 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce energy use. If you can raise the temperature and maintain an ideal humidity level, your data center can operate with less cooling, possibly even eliminating the need for a high-energy air conditioning system altogether.
Contain or enclose your hot and/or cold aisles
In order for your data center to run as efficiently as possible, your hot air (exhaust) must be separated from your cold air supply. If the cool air mixes with the warm return, it won’t be able to cool the equipment very effectively. There are a few things you can do to contain the airflow. Use flexible strip curtains or rigid enclosures to separate the server racks. You can install blanking panels to seal empty racks and empty spaces in server cabinets. Blanking panels will also help prevent the mixing and recirculation of air.
A successful data center will utilize an efficient infrastructure to save on costs and benefit the environment. Contact Silverback Data Center Solutions to make sure your data center is fully implementing energy-efficient technology and running as smoothly as possible.
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