5 steps for reducing energy costs in your server environment
If there's one thing that will keep you up at night, it's addressing the question of how to best reduce energy costs in your data center. While there's no single blueprint for an energy efficiency strategy that will work across all data centers, if you follow the steps below, you could address a significant amount of the energy waste in your server environment.
Start by increasing data center energy efficiency by:
- Reducing energy consumption
- Improving cooling efficiency
Easier said than done, right? And what happens if you are responsible for the high energy and operating costs of an aging data center facility? In the following steps, we'll introduce some helpful tips for reducing high energy costs and transforming your data center into an energy efficient infrastructure.
1. Transition from older servers to modern Intel Xeon-based processor servers
Servers Direct offers platforms that help you achieve your data center energy/performance requirements such as the SD-5038ML-H8TRF (E3-1200 v3/v4) or dual socket performance such as SDR-2P16D-001, SDR-6028R-T and SDR-6028R-WTRT. New processors feature cores which fluctuate based on application needs and a processor with multiple cores consumes the same amount of energy of older servers while using the same amount of space. The end result of upgrading servers extends the life of existing server facilities and also saves on both capital and operational savings. In short, Xeon processors deliver enhanced energy efficiency and performance, real-time power awareness, rack density optimization, power load balancing and energy reduction at the server level.
2. Configuring servers for energy savings
When a server's workload increases, so does its power consumption. So for servers to operate more efficiently, it is important to re-evaluate the workload they are hosting. In general, idle servers consume power, so it makes sense to maximize the production of active servers without diminishing their performance. Therefore, it should be noted that a server operating at capacity consumes less power than two comparable idle servers. Another way to reduce energy consumption is through the use of energy-efficient power supplies and fans. In general, larger fans and power supplies are more energy efficient.
3. Optimize data center layout
It is a common practice for data centers to arrange servers in a front-to-front and back-to-back setting while creating both hot and cold aisles. But when hot and cold air mix, this can increase the cost of cooling. Optimizing cooling efficiency involves using air flow and heat distribution simulations to identify inefficiencies. By optimizing the layout of the data center, you can further reduce power consumption by limiting cooling costs.
4. Virtualization to increase utilization
Virtualization is a keyword that is associated with reducing energy costs. As energy prices rise and hardware costs fall, more and more organizations are consolidating multiple servers into a single server. Those servers can operate more efficiently and reduce energy costs by as much as 40%! Plus, increasing energy efficiency has a significant impact on power, cooling and spacing within your server environment. The end result is a significant reduction of power consumption.
5. Optimizing software
Like hardware, software can also play a critical role with managing energy efficiency and power consumption. From dynamic control of processor frequency to using optimizing compilers to software threading for multicore platforms, energy-conserving software strategies continue to evolve quickly, providing cost saving and acceleration where and when your server environment needs it. Through software optimization, it is easier to monitor and manage power consumption more effectively with individual systems and the data center as a whole.
It’s no surprise that rising energy costs are causing many organizations to take a look at the energy efficiency of their server environment. To reduce your power consumption, contact a Servers Direct representative at 888-988-5816 or visit Servers Direct and let us walk you through it.