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Environmental efficiency leading to gains in the data center sector

By Max Burkhalter
March 27, 2012
The sustainability offered by large commercial data center is leading to major revenue opportunities and efficiency improvements across the sector, as large specialized data centers often provide a major performance and profit boost over smaller, less efficient facilities, Environmental Leader reported.

According to the news source, the global sustainability of the commercial data center industry is often questioned. When it comes to common sense, this uncertainty makes sense. After all, if businesses outsource their IT infrastructure to a third-party company, those systems are still drawing power, just in a different place. As a result, the same amount of energy is consumed and the broad carbon footprint does not change much. However, this is an instance in which common sense doesn't seem to apply.

If commercial data centers were designed the same way as small corporate facilities, but at larger scale, the argument that efficiency does not change would be accurate. However, the report said a growing number of data center outsourcing providers are equipping their facilities with design, architectural and infrastructure elements that are engineered specifically for sustainable operation, providing major gains to their clients and the industry as a whole.

One of the most effective trends in this area is building data centers specifically for the environment in which they will reside. For example, operators constructing facilities in extremely arid environments are using evaporative cooling. This technology kicks in on extremely hot days when the power demand for chillers is overly high. In such setups, power is cut to just 10 percent of the requirements to cool infrastructure with traditional solutions, making the data much more efficient and affordable to operate.

When environmentally-efficient data center systems are introduced, the value for commercial data center providers is considerable, as it allows them to develop more technically sustainable setups that allow for improved operational capabilities, the report said. At the same time, businesses benefit from reduced IT outsourcing costs and can more easily gain access to robust technologies that would have otherwise been too expensive.

Establishing environmentally-efficient data center systems can be much easier when using console server infrastructure. Establishing a console server gives data center managers access to a system that lets them control various aspects of the facility and IT systems from a central area of through remote devices. This can help ensure optimal operating conditions at all times and avoid wasting resources.

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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