The First Step Towards Real Energy Savings Is To Develop A Strategy
August 04, 2015
- Power Distribution and Monitoring
By now, you’re well aware that you need to make some big changes in your data center. After all, your facility is losing large amounts of money and energy on a daily basis due to widespread inefficiencies.
This trend is just not sustainable—both financially and environmentally speaking.
There’s a big difference between recognizing the need for change, however, and making it a reality. Therefore, what you need is a strategy to get started.
Here are some tips for building a data center power-saving strategy:
Assess your current situation: Run an inventory of every piece of hardware connecting to your data center so that you have a clear understanding of your current power load. Next, compile your monthly utility bills and come up with an average figure that you are spending on a monthly basis. This information will be crucial for convincing the C-suite that change is needed.
Invest in power monitoring software: What you’ll most likely find is that you lack sufficient technology for understanding exactly how your facility is operating. Invest in a real-time power monitoring solution that will allow you to take your initial measurements, expand on them and set clear power-saving goals. This is the only way to accurately track and reduce power on a daily basis.
Get to work: Using your real-time power monitoring software, find and eliminate any unnecessary areas of waste in your data center. Consolidate your servers through virtualization so you can run less hardware while still achieving the same output.
Using a product like Server Technology’s High Density Outlet Technology (HDOT Switched), you will be able to start measuring and tracking your power consumption almost immediately after setup. You won’t have to wait weeks or months for results.