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New Ways to Improve Data Center Efficiency

We’ve talked a lot about how to improve the energy efficiency of your data center. After all, a significant portion of your operating costs are tied up in power, heating, and cooling. Yet, even after you’ve done everything you think you can to boost your data center’s efficiency, you might be surprised to find that there are other areas for potential improvement.

Let’s take a look at a few ways to improve your data center efficiency that you may not have previously considered:

  • Remove legacy servers. This goes for virtualized servers, too. If you have a VM out there that was used for testing three years ago, those resources could be repurposed for something else. Doing this on a data center-wide level could free up significant resources, and probably even a physical server or two.
  • Deal with airflow. Cold air sinks. Warm air rises. Raised floors work against one of the basic laws of thermodynamics. Find ways to avoid pushing your coldest air down to the floor.
  • Turn up the temp. Recent data center equipment – that is, anything put out in the past five years or so – doesn’t need to be as cool as it once did. If all of your equipment was produced in the past four or five years, consider raising your data center temp as high as 75 degrees. Likewise, humidification can be loosened up. Old limits like 45 and 60 should be replaced by 15 and 70.
  • Watch out for all of the little things. Simply repainting the walls of your data center can impact its performance. The height of your floor, the amount of dust in the air, and even doorway size are all factors that will contribute to your efficiency. Bring in a heating and cooling analyst to look at all of these little details, and you might be able to squeeze out even more energy savings.

Data center efficiency isn’t just about having new, high-efficiency air handlers or servers that consume less power. It’s about looking at the data center as a whole, and making important decisions that can dramatically impact its overall efficiency.

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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.