Guide: Build a Green Data Center

John Storts
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New Tips to Improve Energy Management

Ways software can be used to improve overall data center energy use.

According to IT Business Edge contributor Michael Stevens, there's a lot of room for improvement in the data center, as IBM estimated as recently as 2008 that servers in the traditional IT environment were operating at 5 and 15 percent of capacity. That's a whole lot of hardware doing a whole lot of nothing...nothing but gobbling up energy.


If you are an IT manager pondering energy efficiency improvements in this area, take a look at Stevens' guide to building a green data center in the Knowledge Network. His guide examines the power-hungry legacy of IT and provides the practical, financial, business-related and moral reasons for "going green." Use this report to guide you as you make a business case for improving energy efficiency. It covers essentials, such as:

  • Getting management buy-in, creating incentives and promoting information sharing.
  • Determining baseline power consumption of IT equipment.
  • Identifying external factors that affect efficiency initiatives.
  • Using best practices to improve airflow and chiller efficiency.
  • Upgrading equipment based on efficiency.


More from the Knowledge Network

The Green Data Center Energy-Efficiency Checklist

Green Data Center Calculator - Virtualization

Data Center Capacity and Energy Survey

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