Data Center costs are rising with time and decision makers managing these environments are in a constant look out for efficient technologies which help in green computing. This is where green IT can assist, as it not only helps in putting a cap on rising electricity costs, but also helps in supporting green legislation and helps inculcate social responsibility.
So, here are some technologies which help data centers in going green.
Data Center Infrastructure Management- Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) tools help server farms become energy efficient. Until 2009, it is believed that DCIM tools have no market penetration on a virtual note. But today, it is one of the most significant areas of green computing which was also endorsed by Gartner. This tool brings together standalone functions such as datacenter design, asset discovery, systems management functions, and capacity planning and energy management in a holistic way. It helps data center managers to get a clear picture of what they are operating and how they are operating and then offers a privilege of giving them an idea on where they can save and make way for green computing. Most importantly, DCIM tools can also give data center managers a greater insight into power and cooling needs of the infrastructure, enabling them to plan accordingly.
Free air cooling- Data Centers operated by big companies like Facebook are already showing us way in this segment. In most of the enterprise server farms, cooling solutions are found as culprits consuming most (around 20% to 60%) of the electricity. So, if we can somehow find a way in cutting down these solutions, then it can help in going green. This is where free or natural air cooling adoption can help. In this technology adoption, outside air is used to cool data center facilities rather than running power-hungry mechanical refrigeration or air conditioning units. Using mechanical cooling only when the outside air temperatures become too high to cool data centers is an effective strategy to make data centers green. But free air cooling requires more than simply keeping the data centre’s windows open. The data center admin should also look for filters that catch dust particles that can harm server equipment. So, a lot of work is also needed to keep this technique alive and working as per expectations. This is where companies like Apple, Google, Facebook have shown their innovative minds. These companies have started operating data centers in snowy regions where dust is minimal and free cool air is available in plenty. By using solar power, these data centers can work for many years without affecting the environment and the nature of surroundings like flora and fauna.
On-site wind generation and use of renewable energy- A number of businesses are taking initiatives to power their data centers using wind energy. By using this renewable energy, data center managers meet environmental requirements, while also saving the business money on electricity costs.
Low Power Consuming servers- Data center operators are also finding ways to use energy efficient hardware in their premises. One such alternative is to replace current x86 standard server racks and blades with low energy alternatives. Such servers borrow from the technology driving smart phone computing, which tries to balance performance with battery drain. The trend will accelerate in 2016 as systems makers begin to release full production systems, according to a report by 451 Research analysts. These low-energy alternatives, or micro servers, rely on low-power central processor units (CPUs) from Intel and the ecosystem of ARM partners.
Modular data centers- Modular data centers are portable server farms which are designed for rapid deployment, energy efficiency and high density. Unlike traditional data centers, modular server farms are becoming increasingly popular since they are a ready made data center in a box, which can be scaled very quickly. HP Ecopod is one such example which is a modular data center that claims to support more than 4,000 servers with a power usage effectiveness rating of 1.05 when using free air cooling.
Data center consolidation and virtualization- Virtualization software extends the functionality of existing servers, which in turn helps reduce power consumption. In a similar way, instead of using several servers for server applications, consolidating them into one easy to manage box can also pave way for green computing.
Cloud Computing- Cloud computing adoption can also help enterprises which are making green IT efforts. In this scenario, computing cloud offers higher CPU utilization. When one organization is not experiencing a load, its spare resources are used by another one that needs it. Therefore, going for a public cloud services by enterprises can also cut down data center functionalities which in-turn paves way for green computing.
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