Along with airflow and cooling, using the right tools to monitor your power usage can also be very effective. The following are 10 improvements you can make in your data center in order to improve your energy efficiencies and ultimately save money.
1) Contain your aisles with doors and rack top baffles
As mentioned earlier, aisle containment helps to keep hot air in one section of the data center and cold air in another. This allows for a more natural flow of air in your space, which naturally creates lower energy usage. Upsite’s AisleLok Aisle Containment systems are extremely easy to install and get the job done! You can learn more about this innovative technology from Upsite, here.
2) Utilize proper cable management to increase airflownp-2-sp
Believe it or not, the ways your cables are configured make a big difference in airflow. If your cables are all tangled, they could be blocking air from going in and out of your racks. We sell hundreds of cable management tools that can make your cables organized and improve your airflow all at the same time. You can also read more about some of our cable management tips here.
3) Decommission unused servers
You may have servers in your data center that are using energy but are not actually doing anything. In that case, decommission these devices. If they do not serve a purpose in your data center, then they do not need to be using valuable power resources.
4) Replace inefficient PDUs and Servers with energy star rated equivalents
Energy Star Rated equipment meets the guidelines of energy efficiency mandated by the federal government. PDUs and servers that are not Energy Star Rated could potentially be using too much energy in an inefficient way, which drives up your costs. Swap out old, inefficient equipment with updated, Energy Star Rated equipment.
5) Use high efficiency UPS Systemsenterpriseplus-rack-front-1
UPS systems help to protect your equipment from surges and spikes in power as well as prevent downtime. Even though using these devices means that you’ll have more equipment using power in your data center, UPS systems use power efficiently and give you insight into how your other equipment is using power. For more information on how to shop for a UPS, read our guide.