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Energy efficiency taking hold around the world

By Max Burkhalter
December 5, 2012
Environmental sustainability has long been one of those things that just about every company likes but only a few are actually willing to spend money on. This is changing in the data center, as power costs have risen to such an extent that the operational funds saved by sustainability are starting to overpower the capital costs of new systems that promote efficiency. In a recent interview with TechTarget, John Tuccillo, president and chairman of the Green Grid, explained that sustainability is emerging as a key global trend across the data center sector.

Because sustainability is becoming so key, it is increasingly important that data center operators develop strategies to monitor power use in their facilities in a cost-effective way.

Picking low-hanging fruit for sustainability
When considering environmental efficiency in the data center, there are plenty of easy and low cost ways to improve performance. Tuccillo told the news source that organizations can use solutions like air containment, free cooling, water-side economization and configuration changes to foster energy efficiency. It is also important, and relatively simple, to manage energy distribution and ensure that IT systems have the power they need, when they need it, all without wasting electricity in the process.

Tuccillo explained that these measures are becoming important around the world as more companies recognize the value of data center efficiency.

"If you were to look at trends from a global perspective, the demand for energy-efficient computing across all industry sectors is accelerating on a near-vertical scale," Tuccillo told TechTarget. "Why? Because it's been proven that investing in energy-effective IT helps to improve productivity and lessen environmental impact across all industries. As a result of that, it's a win-win and pretty much in every industry these investments are taking place which does increase initial demand."

Improving sustainability through greater control
Another easy way to make the data center more efficient is to gain more control over infrastructure and facility systems. One way to do this is through console management systems. Console servers allow IT managers to control the data center remotely, completing basic tasks like turning the lights off or more complex operations like configuring virtual machines. This accelerates maintenance processes and responses to problems, creating a much more efficient data center.

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.


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