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Graybar exec issues a data centre checklist

Today's data centre managers face huge challenges to improve operations and reduce energy consumption, particularly in a difficult economy and according to Graybar, with the arrival of a new decade, n...


January 1, 2010  


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Today’s data centre managers face huge challenges to improve operations and reduce energy consumption, particularly in a difficult economy and according to Graybar, with the arrival of a new decade, now is the time to reevaluate data center infrastructure strategies.

Rising energy costs are driving IT managers to adopt efficient hardware and infrastructure strategies, says Karl Griffith, director of the enterprise market for the firm. In fact, recent studies expect data center energy emissions to quadruple by 2020, drawing increased pressure from regulators, customers and business partners.

He suggests the following:

1. Renovate your cooling strategies. Start the new decade off right by eliminating any mixing of hot and cool air between the aisles and within your server racks.

2. Prioritize your energy use. IT managers can reduce energy costs by applying just critical IT loads to their UPS. Also develop an energy monitoring strategy — it’s difficult to reduce your energy consumption if you cannot measure it.

3. Consider co-location. Smaller organizations can reduce energy costs and help the IT industry cut back on its consumption by co-locating space with external data center management services companies. Co-location will also help companies reduce their CapEx required to build new data center or upgrade an existing one.

4. Look above the rack. For maximum energy savings in the data centre, consider upgrades in the not-so-obvious places, such as the lighting systems that hang above your servers.