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Graybar exec issues data centre checklist

Today’s data centre managers face huge challenges to improve operations and reduce energy consumption, p...


December 9, 2009  


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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 a new decade just around the corner, now is the time to reevaluate infrastructure strategies.

 

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

 

Griffith 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 collocation.  Smaller organizations can reduce energy costs and help the IT industry cut back on its consumption by collocating space with external data centre management services companies.  Collocation will also help companies reduce their CapEx required to build new data centre 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.

 

5. Future-ready your network. Develop a solid migration path to 10G, 40G and even 100G that integrates a structured fiber optic cabling system with a top-of-rack, end-of-row server-switching deployment strategy.

 

6. Server virtualization and cloud computing are here.  Begin investigating these possibilities for greater reductions in energy consumption.