As data continues to play a more prominent role in many markets, data center infrastructure efficiency has become even more important in IT. Energy-saving tactics help IT departments reduce their energy output — and their costs — while still providing their customers with the valuable data they need.
Here are our tips for how to reduce energy consumption in your data center.
1. Analyze Your Air Conditioning System
Server rooms have to stay at an ideal temperature for them to work as they should, so server and data center energy efficiency matters. Servers emit a lot of heat during use, which can strain your AC units. Make sure your system can keep up. An upgrade, or using some airflow strategies, may be necessary to save energy.
2. Upgrade Your Current Hardware Architecture
Technology advances quickly, so your current equipment may be obsolete. Getting new equipment may be best as it will work more efficiently and save energy costs, especially if it has an Energy Star rating. If your current systems just need a boost, install software upgrades onto your equipment.
3. Consider Hardware Architecture Virtualization
Physical servers take up storage in your facility and use a considerable amount of energy. When you virtualize your hardware into the cloud, you can eliminate both of these issues. Plus, virtual hardware can scale the number of servers for an application.
4. Consolidate Many Servers Together
If your facility has several servers you do not use, think about consolidating them. Putting all of the data on one server increases your data center’s energy efficiency and will save you space in your facility.
5. Use Low-Energy Memory Cooling Systems
Low-energy memory operates using flash. It is an efficient alternative to dynamic random access memory, which uses a large amount of power to operate. Low-energy memory delivers the same with less energy. Because it uses a smaller amount of power, you can see significant savings with this system.
6. Implement Airflow Management Strategies
Airflow delivers the cold air from the air conditioning unit to the front of the server and removes the hot air from the exhaust area at the back of the server. This system helps maintain an ideal server room temperature and keep systems running efficiently. You can improve the airflow strategy in your facility by:
- Moving and enclosing your server racks, so the cold supply and the hot exhaust does not mix
- Installing variable-speed fan drives in your air conditioning units
- Installing devices that will direct the cold air around the space
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