5 Tips to Improve Data Center Energy Consumption

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5 Tips to Improve Data Center Energy Consumption

As IDC has forecasted, the global data will reach a whopping 163 zettabytes by 2025. Given that more data is generated every day, many enterprises are searching for ways to store data that have minimal impact on the environment. U.S. EPA encourages you to improve your data center’s energy efficiency and help curb energy consumption while also contributing to a cleaner environment.

1. Optimize power supplies
Servers consume sixty percent of the payload power, so the following actions to reduce the strength are crucial:

  • Brush up your workloads and eliminate everything that is not necessary
  • Consolidate virtual machines
  • Virtualize more workloads
  • Decommission zombie servers – 15% to 30% of the equipment running in your data center consumes electricity without doing any computing.
  • Replace old servers with newer ones

2. Optimize Data Center Cooling
Data centers consume extensive amounts of power to keep those cloud-based servers running 24/7 (especially the gigantic industrial air conditioning). Hot aisle containment (HAC) increases the effectiveness of your data center cooling. HAC keeps hot exhaust air emitted from server racks separated to return to the AC coil both hot and dry (low relative humidity), increasing the AC’s cooling capacity. The HAC can boost cooling efficiency by 30% or more. Direct Line provides low-cost and quick install for hot aisle containments, improving the cooling efficiency in the fastest timeline.

3. Optimize temperature
Reducing the temperature by even a couple of degrees can save hundreds, if not thousands, in data center costs. It cuts down on power dissipation and has an insignificant effect on performance. Spend some time controlling temperature changes to find a level that works and reap cost savings.

4. Optimize server capacity and load
The most synchronized and most recently configured server configurations waste power and resources when demand is low. Total server power consumption can be reduced by up to 50 percent by matching online capacity (measured in cluster size) to actual load in real-time. With periodic monitoring and management tools, it is possible to create a more harmonized system to de-/re-activating servers, whether on a predetermined schedule or dynamically in response to changing loads.

5. Optimize Space by proper designing
With server virtualization, it is easy to keep up with power and load demands. Converging on a modular design that can be calibrated up or down to meet the needs is an excellent approach for maintaining proper performance levels and controlling data center power usage. 

Direct Line consults clients and partners through the data center design process, ensuring proper planning and project execution on the field. Direct Line’s expert team can talk about your needs and help enable efficiency and performance through sustainability. Want to see for yourself? Contact us today!