Eight Steps To A More Efficient Data Center
Controlling data center costs can make a big difference in your expense structure, and it gives you that nice green feeling, too. Moving from physical to virtual machines and upgrading to energy-efficient servers are two basic strategies. Each involves some expenditure, but your return on investment may be significant. “There was a bit of a cost when we upgraded our older physical servers and their OEM licenses,” says Rod Gabriel, IT infrastructure engineer at United Financial. “It was tough to swallow the cost initially, but it’s been well worth it.” Other strategies involve managing resources. Better separation of hot and cold airflows within the building can save real money, and just fiddling with the thermostat can lower your power bills. “We noticed after we built our new data center that we could raise the temperature four degrees without adversely affecting our machines,” says Eric Gorham, the director of IT for REJIS. “It saved us about $8,500 a year in cooling bills, and we don’t have to keep the place like a refrigerator.”
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