To scalability and beyond! Part 2

It’s time to get started

Once your captains er– leaders are on board with the benefits and significant cost savings an efficient data center can deliver, it’s time to assess your current infrastructure and create a plan. The very first thing you need to do is,

 “Shunt the deuterium from the main cryo-pump to the auxiliary tank.

 Just kidding. But there are best practices and procedures available to ensure you have a successful implementation. To get started you can:

  • Complete an energy efficiency assessment
  • Benchmark data center performance
  • Rate data center energy efficiency
  • Look for ‘quick win’ opportunities to improve efficiency (these can add up to massive gains)

You need to be able to show your energy usage before and track improvements over time. This will make a big difference if compliance becomes an issue or new energy incentives come into place. When you’re ready to drill down, take a look at each area of your data center to see where can make room for improvement.

 Servers

Look for old server environments and applications that can [Read more…]

To Scalability and Beyond! Part 1

IT Managers discover the high cost of ignoring data center efficiency.

Your data center is running low on space. Your cooling system is at its limit. Network demands are growing. Energy demands are growing. The business is growing. You need more power. You need more servers. You feel like standing on the boardroom table and shouting,

“I’m givin’ her all she’s got, Captain! If I push it any harder the whole thing will blow!”

What do you do when all she’s got isn’t enough? It’s a classic case of the plant outgrowing its pot. It’s easy for IT managers to simply add servers, but adding servers takes up space, uses energy and overcrowds the network. On the other hand, if the plant is too small for the pot (think server sprawl) you risk wasting money purchasing more capacity than what you really use.

Either way, it costs more money.

What if a green thumb tapped your shoulder and told you they can improve the performance, availability and energy efficiency of your company’s data center – all while reducing overall energy costs and avoiding capital expenditures? [Read more…]