With most, if not all, major companies relying on data centers and servers to store large quantities of information today, there's no denying the fact that we rely on massive collections of computer server racks more than ever before.
Despite their convenience and the innovations they allow us to perform, data centers are notorious for their energy consumption. Between 2005 and 2010, for example, data center energy use grew by a significant 36%, with this percentage steadily rising as the $14 billion computer server manufacturing industry continues to boom.
New research has also found that more than 30% of data centers today are chronically idle using up electricity.
Could you be unknowingly killing off any semblance of energy efficiency in your data center's server rack enclosures? Find out with this list of the top three energy-wasting habits to avoid in your data center:
Failing to regulate temperature
In the typical server room, temperatures can rise quickly given the amount of high-capacity computers confined to such a small space. However, when computer servers become overheated, their performance is significantly compromised. Because of this, you should be keeping your data centers' server rooms between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal performance and efficiency.
components sit around
In any data center enterprise, it can be easy to forget which components are actually needed and which one's aren't. Some of your servers could unknowingly be sitting idly by without anyone knowing about it. Be sure to stay up-to-date on which servers are no longer in use and decommission unused servers to save energy.
Data center administrators often hate performing seemingly-menial tasks like record-keeping, audits and inventory. However, letting these tasks take a backseat in your priorities can result in huge energy expenditures. Keep your software, hardware and applications running at their most efficient by staying on top of your audits and inventory.
Do you agree with this list? Have any other questions about keeping computer server rack cabinets at their most optimal level of energy efficiency? Let us know by leaving a comment below.