Getting started on your energy-efficient data centre journey
The first step on the journey to an energy-efficient data centre is understanding your organisation’s business goals and any specific objectives relating to different workloads. You also need to determine what belongs in your data centre, versus in a third-party data centre or the cloud, in order to achieve maximum energy efficiency.
The next step is to evaluate new vendor tools, and select the ones most appropriate to your environment and the types of workloads you’re running. It’s also important to consider how you’ll drive utilisation of your assets.
What about energy management software? Today, you can deploy technology that enables you to monitor the temperature in different areas of the data centre, thereby allowing you to route workloads to the coolest locations. One of the most impactful trends over the last few years has been to remove people from the data centre – which eliminates the need to run the facility at a temperature at which people can work in comfortably. If you raise the temperature in the data centre by just five degrees, you can cut your cooling costs in half.
If you’re planning to shrink your data centre, one alternative is to move to a co-location facility, the owners of which typically invest in advanced power and cooling technologies.
Finally, make use of operational automation in your own facilities. Automation will enable you to turn off some servers, for example, when workloads are lower. If a particular area gets hot, you can re-route traffic to another area. Don’t be intimidated by automation – it’s not that complex. Putting in place a few basic rules can generate substantial savings.