Open IT Forum: What are some of the inexpensive or high-impact green tactics for a data center today?

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With power costs increasing significantly, more hardware per rack creating more heat and using more power and cooling solutions, it seems that power rather than space seems to be the limiter amongst data centers. What are your suggestions for reducing power consumption? What are you doing to make your data center more green? We'll give you 50 points for sharing your expertise!

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  • Subhendu Sen
    As public awareness of environmental and global warming issues grows day to day, companies must find ways to reduce their energy usage in Data Centers.... 1. Virtualization: Virtualizing servers will result in a noticeable reduction of power consumption. Virtualization consolidates the functions of separate servers, often dedicated to one purpose or function, into one machine that carries out all the functions of the separate machines without losing any operating efficiency. With increased bandwidth availability and multi-core processors on servers and workstations, It helps to accomplish to reduce overall operational costs. 2. Consider moving to the cloud, which is the ultimate in virtualization and consolidation, Cloud computing can reduce the number of servers in data center, which may reduce costs. If a company would typically host its transactional web server farms or commerce applications, it can use the cloud to provide those services instead. The cloud can make free smaller companies from the burden of a data center and while big companies use the cloud to host less critical or lower-tiered applications to further reduce their data center footprint. 3. Nowadays, Desktop PCs are built without the most efficient power supply sysytem. So if possible, swap out inefficient power supplies for those that are much more efficient. 4. Use internal HVAC to cool servers as much possible rather than ACs. HVAC controls to keep necessary temperatures in server rooms. 5. Use Energy Star-rated appliances i.e. standard and renowned appliances are used more and more in a data center to reduce heat and temperature. 6. A company can cut costs outside its server rooms, for example by using earth-friendly construction materials such as low-emission carpets and paints and non-toxic insulation, creating skylights, windows and other natural lighting sources. 7. Run an assessment of cooling system. It's important for data centers to stay cool. It takes a lot of energy for data centers to stay at optimal temperatures. A good way to start check of the server room is to look for obvious energy leaks. NOTE: Green data centers don't just save energy, they also reduce the need for expensive infrastructure upgrades to deal with increased power and cooling demands. Thanks ------
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