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Doing More with Less - Overcoming the Top Data Center Challenges
Data center power continues to be the top concern for most IT organizations. When it comes to data center challenges, the 10 most common include rising power costs and reduced power availability, asset tracking, increasing power density and demand, capacity planning, improving efficiency, business performance metrics, green initiatives, locating stranded capacity and cost savings.
With every challenge comes a solution. In a recent whitepaper, Server Technology (News - Alert), a provider of data center power management and monitoring solutions, explored how to overcome these data center challenges.
“Energy efficiency is important but not at the cost of uptime,” the whitepaper said. “While power costs are rising, and power availability in many markets is decreasing, energy efficiency projects must have a defined and reasonable ROI. Organizations are not moving toward being green just for the sake of being green. For example, without a clear financial direction, a reasonably short ROI (18-months or less) almost guarantees these energy projects will not be undertaken.”
One method data centers use to save power on cooling is to operate devices at higher temperatures. While this means costs go down on power, it also means the data center has to be closely monitored and controlled. Server Technology offers high-temp PDUs that can tolerate temperatures up to 50 and 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit).
In order to ensure these high-temperature PDUs live up to Server Technology’s reliability standards, the company puts its products through an extensive amount of testing in its design and development phase in its in-house Power Test Lab, where its products are tested and validated for long-term reliability.
Other ways to save power include scheduling functions, such as system backups, database maintenance, device discovery, e-mail reports and trends, outlet control actions, outlet cluster control and outlet groups. Scheduling automatically shuts down specific devices at designated times to save energy, but will also bring those same devices back online when needed.
There are other things to consider in the data center, including firmware updates, monitoring software, focusing on green initiatives, predictive trending and three-phase loading.
This whitepaper continues to explored different solutions for overcoming challenges, such as capacity planning, increasing data center efficiency, locating stranded capacity and doing more with less. Click here to download the whitepaper.
Edited by Ryan Sartor
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