How can you reduce power and cooling costs in your company’s data centre?

Many companies are highly concerned with reducing the financial costs of running their data centres and understandably so, given that profit margins and sometimes even financial survival could be at stake otherwise. Tragically, however, there are many ways in which the power and cooling costs of running data centres can be reduced that… many companies could hugely benefit from but are unaware of. It is for this reason that we at Data Centre Shop have put together a list of what we consider especially good tips for reducing power and cooling costs of data centres.

Get rid of any unused cabling under the floor
Yes, that’s right – get rid of any and all of it. A common and legendary problem with many data centres is the large amount of unused cabling that is often left beneath their floors; such cabling can prevent air from flowing and, if there is a large mixture of power and telecommunications cabling, cause a noise field. Like getting rid of clutter in an untidy bedroom, getting rid of unused cabling in a data centre can leave it much more fit for its intended purpose.

Properly arrange equipment into hot and cold aisles
Does your data centre already have dedicated aisles in which to separate its hot and cold equipment? Check again. Your company could make surprisingly large financial savings by arranging equipment into such aisles properly. Hot aisle containment can help where a blade server or other high heat generating equipment is being used.

Move the data centre to somewhere where power is cheap
This is, of course, a significant step and you should probably consider the other tips mentioned above before following this one, due to the large time and effort that would likely be involved in following it. However, if you do a bit of research into the costs of power in certain places, you might realise that it could be a surprisingly worthwhile move. Indeed, some companies have already made moves like this and could benefit from many long term financial savings as a result.

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