When it comes to the data center, there are many opinions
and theories about what it will take to make it more efficient—most centered on
optimizing the power it takes to run that part of the business. Efficiency in
the data center is more than just a power usage
(PUE) value; it’s making the best use of all available resources.
According to an April 2014 IDC
, data is growing at a rate of 40 percent a year. Without an equivalent increase in IT budgets,
data center efficienc
y is becoming more imperative.
has gone a long way towards increasing efficiency in the data center,
considering that applications that used to reside on a whole 42-unit cabinet of
servers are now routinely deployed on a single server, freeing up assets and
space. A few years ago, the industry saw this as a significant improvement in
resource utilization and increasing data center efficiency. Today, it is taken
for granted and considered only a starting point.
To drive further efficiencies in the data centers, new tools
are required as capacity
planning becomes more critical. Without a holistic view of the data center
and all of the individual systems that are interconnected, it’s a real
challenge to manage its space, power, cooling and other resources.
With regards to power, it continues to be the main operating
expense in the data center and it doesn’t look as if it will be slowing down
any time soon. Even with the relatively short economic life of today’s servers,
studies have shown that more money is spent powering servers than what was
originally spent to purchase them.
Managing power efficiency without a view of the other
resources in the data center places limits on how much efficiency is
driven. New solutions, such as data
center infrastructure management (DCIM) and purpose
built data centers, are available to help with these challenges.
A holistic DCIM software suite goes far beyond simple power
management. It provides capabilities to reduce energy costs by cutting overall
power consumption and limiting idle or low-activity servers, freeing up power
for additional assets and maximizing capacity within the existing footprint to
extend the life of the data center.
Purpose built data centers are an effective way to quickly
deploy a data center to suit the needs of organizations without service
disruption. They offer a yearly PUE as low as 1.03 to 1.06 and can be
customized with off-the-shelf options such as DCIM and LED lighting.
LED lighting is another efficiency tool that can be used
with network intelligence to help address power usage without affecting
availability. Deploying an LED
intelligent lighting solution, powered by low-voltage direct current
through structured cabling with a high-density sensory network, can help data
center managers realize a savings of up to 90 percent on energy costs.
Do you think your data center can be more efficient? Do you
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