Top 5 Data Centre Efficiency Tips to Reduce Energy BillsEmily Dang
Data centre facilities frequently consume more than 100 times the amount of electricity as a commercial office space due to their specialised function of housing high-energy IT equipment and operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With such high electricity consumption, effective energy conservation measures in data centres can significantly reduce energy consumption utility costs.
Data centre energy consumption is receiving a lot of attention as the industry grows. Operating data centres can be expensive if the power infrastructure is poorly designed or outdated.
The following are some of the 5 most innovative ways data centres can improve energy efficiency while drastically lowering operating costs.
1. Information Technology (IT) – use power-efficient networking hardware i.e. low-power solutions
Consolidate lightly-used servers
Implement efficient data storage measures
Utilise built-in server power management features
2. Power Infrastructure – reduce losses from power distribution units and uninterruptible power supplies
Reduce energy losses from power distribution units (PDUs)
Reduce energy losses from uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems
3. Airflow Management – improve cooling by preventing hot and cold air from mixing
Manage airflow for cooling efficiency
Move to a hot/cold aisle layout
4. HVAC – optimizing cooling and humidification systems
Install in-rack or in-row cooling
Make humidification adjustments
Use sensors and controls to match cooling capacity & airflow with IT loads
5. Innovative tariffs – derive data centre efficiency
Introduce green data centre initiatives
Provide energy-efficiency awareness training
With the tools listed above, data centres can improve daily power efficiency, extend the life of IT equipment, and reduce daily costs to achieve higher margins while maintaining reliability. Significantly improve your IT energy by implementing one or more of these simple energy-saving initiatives in your data centre.
For more information on how you can help your data centre, contact SAPPLY.