When it comes to data center design and management, a top concern is making sure the facility has the power supply needed to maintain uptime and consistently achieve optimal levels of performance throughout the network. However, as people become more environmentally responsible, business owners are feeling urged to reduce their carbon footprint and increase the energy efficiency of their data centers.
This eco-friendly trend is gaining rapid traction worldwide in data centers, which makes sense considering how much energy these facilities consume. For example, according to Data Center Knowledge, data centers consume about 3 percent of the world's total electricity supply. Furthermore, as it was recently pointed out in Enterprise Innovation, our increasing adoption of Internet-of-Things devices and enhanced connectivity is creating the "always-on" data center, requiring around the clock operations all year long.
"You can reduce energy consumption without sacrificing performance."
Developing a green data center
For those looking to go green, there is good news. There are plenty of ways you can optimize your data center to make it more 'green' without compromising the performance of mission-critical equipment, applications and systems. The key is investing in data center power conditioners and uninterruptable power systems (UPSs), power distribution units (PDUs) and power conditioners that have already received energy efficient ratings and certifications.
By using power solutions that already meet international standards and guidelines for sustainability, organizations are increasing the likelihood they are maximizing their energy consumption. Plus, it's entirely possible that, as the world moves toward the creation of more green data centers, more regulations and best practices will be released, so taking the time now to adjust data center operations appropriately could help put businesses ahead of the curve.
EnergySTAR also offers additional guidance on methods data center administrators can follow to reduce energy consumption and enhance sustainability initiatives, including consolidating underutilized servers and using airflow management tools. It would also be helpful to conduct an Energy Power Audit to analyze IT efficiency and identify other opportunities for improvement.
To learn more about the data center solutions that make your business more energy efficient, contact Custom Networks today.