Data center power consumption is a big topic these days. Your IT equipment needs electricity to run, and we know the electricity rates aren’t going down anytime soon. When you implement data center power solutions to reduce as much energy waste as possible, you’ll experience direct savings. In some cases, energy consumption contributes to nearly half of total operating expenses for data centers – they’re ripe with energy-saving opportunity.
The Natural Resources Defense Council pinpoints data centers as one of the largest, fastest-growing consumers of electricity in the United States. In fact, data centers are on track to consume 140 billion kilowatt hours by 2020.
The first step in understanding data center power consumption is to measure it, and to do so in a way that identifies waste. Simply checking the meter at the end of the month won’t give you the full story.
Examine these specific areas to get a better handle on data center power consumption:
To minimize data center power consumption, start by measuring. Then take time to understand consumption trends and areas of excessive energy waste. Finally, by setting up metrics and reporting, you’ll be able to track your progress. Sometimes, simply reporting on the issue will help bring everyone into the loop and gain corporate-wide acceptance.
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Mike Peterson joined Belden from 2014 to 2016. As the technology and applications manager, Mike monitored major industry technology activities and kept tabs on up-and-coming data center trends. He was also instrumental in developing relationships with industry standards organizations and trade alliances.