Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Data centers going green
If you can remember the '60s, the idea of going green was, at least in the minds of many, an idea championed by the hippies. As a result, it kind of got this reputation as a floaty idea that centered on eating a lot of ultra-healthy food, like bean sprouts, and deciding that many of the structured parts of society were contributing to the planet's demise. While some of the reverence for Mother Earth disappeared with the end of the hippie movement, the recognition that sustainability is important has become much more of a cultural norm, with everything from cars to home appliances going green.
And now, the data center is also going green. While there may be some people out there thinking about how much power is wasted in data centers and bemoaning how that impacts the planet, much of the concern really comes from executives who are facing rising power costs and realizing that its either go green or go into bankruptcy trying to pay the utility bill.
According to a recent Pike Research study, the market for green data center solutions is rising quickly, as the industry is responding to a growing demand with computing power that happens to coincide with rising energy prices and other economic pressures. This is creating a transformational environment within IT as more companies focus on finding more efficient ways to maintain services to reduce energy costs.
Eric Woods, research director for Pike Research, explained that the movement to green data center systems is broad in nature.
"There is no single technology or design model that makes a data center green," said Woods. "In fact, the green data center is connected to the broader transformation that data centers are undergoing - a transformation that encompasses technical innovation, operational improvements, new design principles, changes to the relationship between IT and business and changes in the data center supply chain."
While I acknowledge that going green is difficult and complex, there are simple ways to make data centers more efficient. One of the easiest is to deploy console server infrastructure. This enables remote management of facilities, which ensures IT can run the data center as efficiently as possible from any location. This not only improves data center efficiency, but also cuts down on emissions created by IT workers traveling to distant data centers on a regular basis.
Perle’s wide range of 1 to 48 port Perle Console Servers provide data center managers and network administrators with secure remote management of any device with a serial console port. Plus, they are the only truly fault tolerant Console Servers on the market with the advanced security functionality needed to easily perform secure remote data center management and out-of-band management of IT assets from anywhere in the world.