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6 Out-of-the-Box Energy Saving Methods for Data Centers

Data center managers are always looking for ways to save on energy. By this point, however, you’ve already taken all of the obvious steps. You’ve consolidated servers, implemented virtualization strategies, revamped your cooling infrastructure, and more. Yet as more and more applications and services come online, you find your data center using more and more power. You shudder to think about how much power you’d be using if you hadn’t already taken some energy saving steps.

Here are six more energy-saving strategies that can further increase efficiency that you might not have thought of before:

1.    Rethink location. If your data center supports a national company with multiple locations, why locate it in the same town as your headquarters? There is a reason that many tech giants choose to house their data centers in the Pacific Northwest: it’s cool, and it’s dry. Choosing the right location can have a huge impact on your data center’s energy use.

2.    Look into renewable power. Power sources with a low carbon footprint or that don’t use fuel can power data centers just as well as anything else. Hydro-electric and geothermal power sources are often good options.

3.    Factor in humidity. It’s much easier to cool a dry environment than a humid one. Reduce humidity (or choose a less-humid location) and you reduce power needs.

4.    Consider modular data centers. HP made news earlier this year announcing its modular data center design. A modular design lets you build exactly what you need and add components later, saving on energy in the process.

5.    Look into running your data center equipment on DC. Running on alternating current means that you need to convert power from AC coming in from the utility to DC in order to charge UPS batteries, and then back to AC, typically converting between different AC phases. This creates a massive power loss in conversion alone – to the tune of about 15 percent of power.

6.    Install power saving components. Some of the components in your power and cooling systems can be switched out with more efficient equipment. For example, you can install a variable speed drive on a fan motor, or replace old power supplies with more energy-efficient models.

For those who are wiling to take the plunge, there are plenty of innovative ways to reduce your data center’s power consumption needs.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.