Data Center managers are always looking for ways to boost operational efficiency, reduce expenses and on an overall note stay competitive in an increasingly competitive world. So, when it comes to improving performance, decision makers and data center managers have identified five key areas where improvements can be made. They are as follows-
Power usage- By better controlling power usage, government IT organizations can adapt to user needs and protect their IT infrastructure. This can be done with Data Center Infrastructure Management(DCIM) software which offers a unified, real time picture of data center operations, enabling IT teams to match resources with demand. Admins can also integrate the DCIM systems with management tools which help monitor dynamic IT environments like cloud based apps, virtual machines and SAN. At the infrastructure level DCIM offers visibility into power utilization. At the same time, continuous electrical power supply also plays a crucial role in improving data center performance. Uninterruptable Power Supply(UPS) systems provide the infrastructure with necessary voltage to operate optimally when the power utility is down. A UPS unit can offer a power backup from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on the infrastructure which has to be supplied with power to avoid downtime.
Thermal Management- Data center managers can protect equipment and save money by modernizing their thermal management designs. This can be done by using modern cooling units which are deployed in redundant configuration. Also, the General Services Administration is recommending data center managers to run their servers at higher temperatures- from 72 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. By doing so, data centers can witness a reduction in energy costs up to 5 percent for each degree uptick. In order to maximize cooling efficiency and keep the room temperature stable, Hot aisle and cold aisle containment strategies can be implemented.
Network Management- Optimization of network is also important to reduce expenses. Data center managers should migrate to 10 Gigabit Ethernet as it promises scalability, lowers costs and simplifies management. Software defined networking also simplifies management as it automates resources provisioning and network configuration. It also extends productivity through self service capabilities that allow departments or employees to handle their own provisioning.
Storage consolidation-By Virtualizing existing storage systems and leveraging software defined storage, admins can dynamically manage their storage arrays. Also using SSD media to serve applications which need faster data access can not only help in sophisticating data center administration, but also cutting short power needs. Data Centers also require a backup and recovery plan which helps IT teams to backup locally, allowing rapid local recovery from less serious incidents. To prepare for catastrophic disasters, organizations can take the help of cloud based options such as colocation, disaster recovery as a service or a private cloud which can host replicated data.
Virtualization considerations- Virtualization has the potential to cut down server count and allows IT managers to reduce their server footprint, increase efficiency and lower life cycle cost. Hyper Converged appliances in which compute, storage, Virtualization and networking are packed into one easy to manage appliance can also modernize data centers and make them efficient and resilient.
Approach DNF Corporation if you want to improve your data center efficiency. DNF has deep knowledge in cabling and infrastructure, power and cooling, rack layout and design, and security and management practices. All of these elements when put together in the right way, can make for long lasting IT systems, and true operational efficiency for your company.