How can I Build and Maintain Energy-efficient Data Center

By CIOReview | Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Far across the ocean in the continent of Antarctica, myriad research and investigations are being executed to scale and measure the total amount of water that has been converted into ice. As of the total land area of Earth, only 10 percent of the land is covered with ice, glacier and ice sheets. By monitoring the rise in global warming, geologists predict that the amount of ice present on earth will transform into water, thus increasing the sea-water level. Such a change will have adverse affect on the natural ecosystem. To reveal different continuums who contributed to rise in global warming, Gartner estimates, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Industry accounted for 2 percent of the total Carbon-dioxide emissions, the contribution is similar to that of the aviation industry.

Today, CIOs are more focused on aligning their businesses with the latest technology trends to ensure positive business results. However, very few enterprises worry about the harm done to natural environment while achieving these milestones. In recent years, energy has set itself amongst the other critical resources that call for urgent action to safeguard this resource.

Below mentioned are key aspects that can drive energy efficiency of the data centers:

Data Center Virtualization: Plan and execute an energy audit for the enterprise data center, ensure that data center’s server utilization load is above 50 percent. Server virtualization can help save a lot of energy as virtual servers have the capability to consolidate energy onto fewer physical severs.

Effective Cooling Methodology: Data center cooling is essential as it can prevent major or minor technical breakdowns. Cooling also helps to improve the efficiency of data centers. If data centers are present on a larger area then air cooling method is used; for data centers in smaller areas, water cooling can also be utilized. Water cooling in the latest systems has reduced the breakdown time of servers and has also proven to be energy efficient.

Envisage Data Center Requirements: Estimate the growth of business in future; this will give a clear picture of how many data centers will be required. Further, if the enterprise business plan is to keep servers on-premise then it becomes essential for CIOs to envisage the number of servers needed by the organization in near future, and accordingly plan a server room. Location plays an important role, so select a location where natural cooling is available or where the surrounding temperature is cool. This will help enterprise save some units of energy. The easy way to deploy servers on a layout is by using ‘Thermal Zone Mapping’. Thermal Zone Mapping leverages sensors and computer modeling techniques to create a 3D image of all hot and cold zones in the particular layout. The image generated will help to optimize the placement of datacenter in an energy efficient manner.

Enterprises are actively going green, with lots of innovations and projects to build energy efficient servers without altering performance. Recently, Facebook made a disruptive approach by moving their data center to a location which is close to Arctic Circle. The significant reason behind this approach is to harness the natural cold air blowing in that region to cool down severs. This advancement has opened doors of success to many enterprises to purge their data center’s energy efficiency issues.