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5 Tips to design a data centre for efficiency

In 2006, the power usage effectiveness (PUE) measurement was developed as a way to monitor how a data centre uses energy. This metric is a calculation of the total amount of energy used in the data centre divided by power used by its computer systems. Using this method, you can calculate how energy efficient your data centre design is.

Whether you’re building a new data centre or optimising your existing IT infrastructure's design, efficiency should be a crucial component of the process. Doing this will decrease your costs, ensure equipment lasts longer and optimise how your data centre operates. The process doesn’t have to be complicated, with the right data centre design and build, you can install an infrastructure that is both efficient and tailored to your organisation. 

Data centre designs should optimise PUE so the IT infrastructure is energy efficient. If this can be achieved, your organisation can save potentially thousands on power costs. To get a head start on your data centre design, read these 5 tips for data centre efficiency.

5 Tips To Create An Energy-Efficient Data Centre Design

Measuring Levels

To optimise the design of your data centre, you need to measure the centre’s current PUE performance; the ideal PUE rating is 1.0, which should be the aim when working on your data centre design and build. Doing this establishes a baseline on how much energy consumption is being generated, which includes all the systems in your data centre such as:

  • IT Systems

  • Generators 

  • Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

  • Cooling Systems

  • Fire Suppression Systems

Once you know the operational requirements of all the systems associated with your data centre, you can monitor the values and notice any changes that may occur. This is important as it helps you understand whether a change you implement is making your data centre more efficient. It also allows you to notice if your power usage increases, so you can fix the issue immediately.

Improve Cooling Systems

Environmental Monitoring Systems (EMS) for data centres measure mission-critical components such as cooling systems and provide temperature and humidity alerts. Monitoring services need to be provided 24/7, 365 days a year. EMS values should be checked daily for potential risks to discover before they have a chance to develop.

Ensuring that your server racks and other equipment don’t overheat is essential, both for safety purposes and making sure the systems do not become damaged. There are two main methods of cooling: air conditioning systems and open-air cooling installations.

It’s more energy-efficient to not rely on electrical air conditioning, however, depending on the data centre, this can be the most effective cooling method. To find the best option for your organisation, it’s important to contact data centre installation experts. They can guide you towards the right installation that ensures your systems run as efficiently as possible.

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Manage Space

An example of how to optimise your space is to plan for the future, which ensures you have space to expand and grow. If you don’t do this and attempt to integrate new servers, your data centre could become overcrowded. When this occurs it increases your power usage and causes your costs to rise. You also have to output more cooling and potentially re-evaluate your UPS solution to support the new hardware during downtime.

However, even in the short term, overcrowded server racks can lead to overheating. If this occurs, the data centre’s energy consumption will increase and your systems won’t work to full effectiveness. This could not only cause your PUE rating to rise but also reduce the operating life of your hardware, which is why managing your data centre’s space saves you money in the short and long term. The most effective way to reduce the amount of space that servers occupy is by virtualizing physical servers. However, a physical solution is to install another cabinet to expand the data centre’s storage capacity.

Monitor Data Storage

Over time a data centre will accumulate a lot of data. Of course, this is what the servers are there for, however, because of how fast data is collected, this leads to unnecessary data becoming stored in your servers. All servers stock up on superfluous data that doesn’t serve a purpose and is simply occupying space. The result of this is the workload of your servers increasing, which leads to your power usage going up as well.

Update Old Hardware

Like with all technology, as time passes newer and fresher hardware is created. As well as this, the existing hardware you own as an organisation will age, which decreases how energy-efficient it is and its effectiveness. Servers, cooling solutions, UPS, and fire suppression systems are examples of crucial components of a data centre that need to be updated once their efficiency decreases.

Investing in the latest technology is a smart long-term investment. Over time, it saves you money by using less power and being able to operate more successfully. Knowing when to maintain hardware and replace it is a balancing act, however, if you navigate the process successfully you save your organisation a lot of time and money.

As technology advances, more modern data centre designs will incorporate server virtualisation, which means that existing data centres may include outdated physical servers. By updating hardware, you decrease the amount of space being taken up unnecessarily and reduce your data centre’s power usage.

Regular data centre maintenance will help maintain systems and update old components. It ensures your data centre’s functioning is as energy-efficient as possible and optimises your storage space. Doing this maintenance regularly lowers your operating costs and ensures the hardware lasts for longer.

Infiniti IT Data Centre Design

At Infiniti IT, we aim to deliver a bespoke data centre installation that benefits your organisation. Every design we build is developed around our core ideal of delivering an effective data centre that is energy-efficient. Installing a bespoke design ensures your annual energy consumption decreases and lowers your costs.

Our engineers ensure the design is optimised to be as efficient in the future as it is the day it’s installed. Call us on 01993 774444 or visit our contact page today.

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guidance and support on the best options for your business.

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