Will Green Sensibilities Affect Data Centers?
There are many colocation data centers who don’t believe in going ‘green,’ even in the slightest. They don’t consider themselves accountable and do not take the extra measure to decrease their power usage. However, the rapidly growing trend of these businesses going green doesn’t seem to be fading out and the people who haven’t followed suit yet will definitely find themselves at a disadvantage later.
Experts have prepared 5 things to keep in mind for the future:
1. Virtualization – One of the main parts of a data center (the dedicated server) are virtualized. Many other items in a center can be virtualized as well, thus freeing up more space. Ridding centers of unnecessary hardware is a great step to take.
2. Visibility – Being able to properly manage and keep a clear view of the exact costs of the IT infrastructure is key. Keeping exact figures and goals help with long-term planning and flexibility.
3. Management – For many years, there have been people in paper pushing roles who stay on one task. This can be very costly and not eco-friendly at all. disaster recovery management should be merged as much as possible and office/contract paperwork can be easily made virtual private server.
4. Performance Metrics – A new tool called the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating is currently picking up
5. The Law of Moore – Many centers go by the word of Gordon Moore, it’s best to change out your equipment every 3 years because that’s the rate at which they depreciate. Many green businesses have done research and noticed that hardware can last more than three years, while still working perfectly fine. Cloud computing, an upcoming trend, is also in line to change when equipment is switched out.
These are just some of the things that, if you don’t keep up with the curve now, may end up affecting productivity later. Nearly 30% of this type of infrastructure spent in the next 4 years will be focused on technology that also offers an energy efficiency plan. Data centers are a silent, yet powerful, force in the technology industry. The services they offer are widely used by practically everyone in the technology industry. Google, Twitter and countless other power players [and many more worldwide] all rely on the power of a data center to keep them up and running. Selecting a reputable center is very important as they are what help keep your website up and running.
Ever hear of a great new product while watching your favorite talk show? The first thing you do is go to their website right? Well what if a million other people had the same idea? If a company is not properly prepared or hasn’t yet procured services from a colocation center, their website would most likely not be able to handle the traffic and everyone trying to access the site would find it to be down. This can be detrimental to a company, because it immediately translates to a big loss of sales. To see a steady and healthy increase in sales and business development, keep it green and protected with an eco friendly and reputable data center.