Data Center Knowledge published a recent article recapping three guidelines from an electric utility on how to best attain energy efficiency in your data center. Let’s take a look:
- Create a comprehensive inventory model of the data center. Not only does this allow you to see the existing capacity of your power and cooling systems, but it can also bring to light dependencies and allow you to better match resources to devices.
- Make the power chain visible. This requires a “big picture” of the power system – dependencies, active power pathes and current status for each device. You will also need a unified view of real-time energy consumption and current and historical PUE and DCIE stats.
- Continuously monitor the data center and compare against historic trend information. An alarm or event management tool is also useful for effective monitoring.
The main point is to achieve energy efficiency you must understand your data center’s power chain. Can you:
- Align power delivered to SLA performance
- Know which rack has the required amount of power to handle new equipment
- Identify trapped capacity along the power chain
- Identify unnecessarily power idle equipment
- Have nameplate, derated and actual power consumption documented
- Receive real-time alerts when capacity thresholds are exceeded.
With summer here in Minnesota, it is a great time to think about your data center’s power consumption and how you measure and monitor.