Data Center Weekly Review: Feb. 10
Here are this week’s top stories from around the industry considering data center efficiency, cooling, and best practices. Enjoy!
Cutting Back on Energy Use in Data Centers
The most recent Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey shows that office buildings with data centers have significantly higher computing, cooling, and total electricity intensity than office buildings without data centers. That is not a big surprise, given the large amounts of electricity needed to power the servers and cooling equipment.
Automation Provides for Efficient, Secure Data Center Optimization
For the past several years, U.S. federal agencies have undergone a concerted effort to consolidate and streamline their data centers. As such, they’ve ramped up initiatives to drive application requirements to the cloud, used virtualization services whenever possible to improve efficiencies and deployed sensors to monitor power consumption.
Rethinking Installation of Environmental Control Systems
The data center facilities-management team has a sizable job: maintaining 100 percent uptime and managing all the variables to keep systems operational, including the environmental infrastructure. The last thing the team wants to worry about is rewiring panels or decrypting schematics for new hardware or system retrofits. .
6 Dashboards for Managing Every Modern Data Center
Driven by emerging technology and business trends like IoT, big data, and digitalization, the modern data center is evolving infrastructures and management practices to comply with environmental regulations, accelerate time to deployment, and address other key objectives. Under pressure to do even more with less, modern data center managers and operators are turning to data and analytics to provide the information needed to optimize their data centers.
Federal Data Center Energy Efficiency Bill Could Save $5 Billion
A new bill (HR 306) introduced by U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA-District 18) and passed unanimously by voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in January proposes a set of energy efficiency standards directed at federal data centers designed to save as much as $5 billion in energy costs by 2020. The Energy Efficient Government Technology Act now awaits a Senate vote, according to a February 3 report by The Stack. The measure would mandate each federal agency to compile a report describing its efforts to reduce energy use in its data centers and computing infrastructure.
Best Practices When Creating a Data Center Monitoring Scheme
From The Upsite Blog
Today, we’re going to skip an intro full of statistics and trends around IT updates. In fact, we’re going to very specifically focus on your data center monitoring practices. I’ve had the chance to work with a vast variety of data center environments. And yes, they are all different. Some power HPC workloads, while others work with cloud workloads.