IT Focus Area: infrastructure operations
December 22, 2014
3 Best Practices for Powering Your Data Center
This is an excerpt from the new The Essential Guide to the Data Center Facility of the Future.
It is critical for your organization to defend the data center against unplanned outages. According to a Ponemon study, an unplanned data center outage costs more than $7,900 per minute. Optimizing your power reduces your risk of an outage – while increasing your data center’s efficiency and capacity.
Here are three best practices for powering your data center in 2015:
1. Select a power system that optimizes your availability while reducing power consumption.
Since your data center is dependent on your power system, electrical blips can lead to disastrous consequences such as downtime. Find a power system that provides the ideal level of protection while meeting your energy efficiency goals. You can also gain efficiencies through new control options to increase energy optimization with “eco modes” and “intelligent paralleling”.
2. Design a scalable architecture.
Data center managers often tie themselves into a set starting point with oversized, inefficient systems. These bulky systems don’t give you the flexibility to quickly and cost effectively scale. A new generation of systems lets you scale without risk.
3. Enable data center infrastructure management (DCIM).
Our Ponemon study found that data center managers who implement DCIM experience 2.5 times less downtime than the industry average. This is because DCIM gives insight into your assets, so you know what’s critical. Without this information, you must assume that everything is critical and will overspend on systems power and maintenance.
Now is the time to optimize your data center. Waiting until you have an emergency increases your costs and risks.
To learn more about the data center of the future, get your copy of The Essential Guide to the Data Center Facility of the Future.