Small Steps to Make Data Centers Green And Cost Effective
High energy prices are making the cost of running data centers in many companies the second-largest expense after people. With the cost of powering data centers worldwide to possibly grow from $18.5 billion in 2005 to $250 billion by 2012, Bob Worral, chief information officer at Sun Microsystems says in a Forbes piece that there is no better time than now to focus investment on more energy-efficient data centers.
Worral offers small steps all decision makers can take to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of their data centers:
1.Â Â Â Check the server racks and replace old systems with modern ones, which often allow for consolidation ratios ranging from 2:1 to 10:1.
2.Â Â Â Look at virtualization and container technologies, this could allow greater compression in both servers and storage.
3.Â Â Â Turn on the meter at the rack level, this enables power consumption reduction by focusing on certain areas in a data center instead of the traditional, scattershot approach which cools the whole area when only a particular area in the data center starts to run hot.
4.Â Â Â IT and facilities organizations need to collaborate to make sure both understand the benefits of energy-efficient computing.
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