Data centers require immaculate planning and smart management if they are to be run smoothly and efficiently. Sometimes, the best ways to manage and run a data center are learnt only through experience. That is why we have compiled a list of small tweaks that you can make in your data center as you design and install it, that would make a considerable impact in the future!
There is a better way to monitor your energy and cost savings!
When cooling solutions are installed in a data center, there is often a tendency to overdo it. This means that there is a good chance that your data center is getting over-cooled by several degrees. Although it is a good thing to be cautious, what it also means is that you might be spending inefficiently.
Studies suggest that you can be losing as much as 4% of energy costs with every extra degree of cooling in your data centers. The best way to tackle this problem is by installing temperature sensors at the inlets of your racks. These show accurate, real-time temperature readings and let you adjust temperatures for a more cost-effective setup.
You can also use software integrated with different sensors to manage not only your data center temperatures but also use it to monitor water leaks, fluctuations in air pressure, rack uptime, breaches in security, humidity and airflow to have a healthy data center.
The right rack set-up is crucial!
Using your excel sheet or a simple centralised data unit to keep track of all your data units and their positioning can be a time-consuming and often futile practice. Sometimes, the sheer number of data units and their placement is enough to overwhelm managers and actually bring down their and their team’s efficiency.
Therefore, it is advisable to use smart software that automates the process of data-keeping. Once you have a regular flow of relevant data, the software can help you make informed decisions and also suggest solutions for a more power-efficient setup that is suitable to the data centre’s environment.
With an automated system, you can also easily identify servers that can be easily consolidated to make more space available for expansion.
Power management can increase your uptime!
In most traditional setups, power meters are installed near data center racks to measure the power that is coursing through the system. Usually, data centers feed power directly from panels to blade servers. While this system is efficient when it comes to power distribution, the power metering and monitoring side of such systems are usually not up to the mark.
When you use iPDUs to measure power, it allows your system to have intelligent rack power distribution. In this setup, when power is distributed to each rack, the system is able to gauge exactly how much power is being drawn by the particular rack. This type of information helps not only in data collection and thus making more informed decisions about data requirements in the future, but also helps increase uptime through better power management.
The above are a few ways in which you can improve the performance of your data center and manage them with relative ease. After all, the best data centers are the ones that are able to manage their resources in the best way possible!
At Hardy Racks, we specialize in planning and executing data center layouts that deliver high efficiency to data center operators. Talk to us today for a consultation on how we could help improve efficiency at your facility too!