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Data Centers Can't Wait for Financial Loss to Employ Needed Technology
Energy costs are clearly increasing at data centers, while demand for data and computing power are also heading up. On the other hand, energy-efficient technology helps to lower costs at data centers. It also improves uptime, operational effectiveness, and compliance.
A tier 3 data center can cost between $15 million and $25 million per MW to build – and a 20 percent power savings at a small 1.5 MW facility can save $260,000 a year.
In the larger picture, Patricia Adams, a research director at Gartner (News - Alert), recently said, “Enterprises that systematically manage the lifecycle of their IT assets will reduce costs by as much as 30 percent during the first year, and between 5 and 10 percent annually during the next five years.”
In a recent blog post, Gregg Primm, product marketing manager at RF Code, said “escalating costs associated with inefficiency are clearly understood and the dangers of downtime associated with lack of data center visibility and intelligence is all too apparent” but “it often takes organizations months–some even years–to choose a solution, test it, and finally deploy it.”
Among the solutions are improved data center asset management and better technology to monitor power and cooling. Organizations need up-to-date asset management data and environmental monitoring, too. Visibility into the system is necessary.
“They are vitally important solutions that are necessary for today’s businesses to thrive–or even survive,” Primm said. “And yet adoption of automated asset management and real-time environmental monitoring technologies and DCIM platforms has proven to be a slow process.”
But many organizations need to see a “disaster” impacting the data center or business for them to embrace the solutions.
Primm said some customers were forced to write off 15 to 20 percent of data center assets a year because they couldn’t be located. Other businesses saw continuing high operating expenses. And others saw losses from downtime that could have been avoided by humidity, leak detection or temperature sensors.
“All of these customers had one unfortunate thing in common: they all wished they’d deployed a comprehensive data center efficiency solution sooner,” Primm said. “It took an event that transformed well-perceived financial risk into real-world financial loss for them to commit to modernizing and changing their policies.”
But the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has reported that data centers can lower energy costs, lengthen the life of assets, and improve reliability of servers.
Jesse Berst, chief analyst at SGN (News - Alert) and chairman of the Smart Cities Council, said that using power supplies which comply with 80 PLUS protocols, data centers can see energy savings – as high as 20 percent, according to the EPRI. Because the technology operates at a cooler temperature, there will likely be low costs for air conditioning bills. In addition, when it comes to airflow velocity and server temperature, data centers can lower as much as 77 percent from energy use with unregulated fans. Overall energy consumption can be lowered by as much as 17 percent.
Also, data centers can increase the temperature of their cold isles by five degrees (from 72 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit), which in turn will mean energy savings of up to 3 to 5 percent, the study said. Another source of energy savings, by as much as 15 percent, comes from replacing the AC power system with DC systems.
So data centers need to act now – before they learn an expensive lesson.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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