A green data center or sustainable data center is one that is designed to maximize energy efficiency while minimizing its impact on the environment. It utilizes green technologies that reduce its carbon footprint and, at the same time, reduce power and cooling costs. In other words, a green data center is one that is profitable in the long run – both for the environment and the management.
So how do you make your data center green? Here are a few steps.
Begin with a baseline energy audit
To know how to make your data center greener, you first need to know where you stand. You can do so with the help of an expert who will not only give you a breakdown of your energy and power usage efficiency but also assist you in creating suitable green goals for the upcoming future.
Make sure that you set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound) goals so that you can see real results as you begin your journey.
Minimize building footprint
Everything from the lighting you use to the painting on the wall impacts the footprint of your data center building. Switch to materials of zero/low emission, check the feasibility of sustainable landscaping, make the most of alternate energy sources, recycle wastes responsibly, reuse the water in your cooling system, etc.
While minimizing the footprint of an existing data center is possible, you can see better results when you are setting up a new data center. You can also consider opting for modular data centers that come with efficiency built right into them!
Review all your equipment
A very important step in the transition to a green data center is equipment review, considering how 60% of payload power is consumed by servers. Identify and get rid of zombie (dormant) servers, replace old technologies with more energy-efficient ones, and opt for virtualization of workloads wherever possible.
Consider eco-friendly options for not just storage options but also operational and management tools.
Take maintenance seriously
Datacenter monitoring and maintenance are crucial for continued energy efficiency and eco-friendliness. It helps you identify areas that need improvement and address performance and productivity loopholes before they turn into complex problems that are detrimental to the data center or the environment.