One of the greatest challenges in running a facility/operation is ensuring that power and cooling is operating at its highest energy efficiency, which in turn means lower operating costs for both the owner and customers.
The main components for a facility like Data centers are Power and Cooling, there is no single data center operate without these components, well of course if you’re in north or south pole, things may be a little different. Data centers are increasingly under attack for their energy consumption and costly operations, they keep increasing from time to time, thanks to the advancement in silicon technology. According to report as stated in datacenterknowledge.com, US data centers consumed about 70 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2014, representing about 2 percent of the country’s total energy consumption. That’s equivalent to the amount consumed by about 6.4 million average American homes that year. The information below, taken from Uptime Institute will show you how data center is taking a lot of energy use. Cutting energy usage will help organizations save significant cost, while at the same time changing the public perception of data centers being energy hogs with a greener impression. The proper way of reducing energy consumption is by first accurately measure it, and it must start with a baseline view of how much and what kind of energy every part of the data center is actually consuming. And to be accurate, this view must include all areas such as ITs and Utilities’ equipment. This is too often looked as a time-consuming and manual data extraction process to which nobody looks forward. This is where the monitoring tools comes into play. It automatically extract current energy usage and accurately display overall trending information based on the timeline we set (through the smart.link extension). Data center operators will then start receiving a holistic view of their entire Data Center energy consumption, coupled with a trending pattern to help spotlight areas of concern. Since many data centers are designed with substantial redundancy to increase uptime, availability and to handle potential peak loads that have yet to be experienced, there is substantial inefficiency built into the infrastructure. After implementing DCIM tools like smart.link, many data centers should be able to reduce their power consumption by 10-15 percent, or even more.