Saving Green by Being Green
Saving green by being green
The net impact of these initiatives on the data center and overall IT budget is extremely compelling. It is worth the time to dig deeper to discover the largest cost and energy savings. We recently provided a server energy audit to a global engineering firm that had already consolidated its data center and reduced its servers by more than 25 percent.
Yet, by further analyzing the work loads of its servers and implementing smarter, application-level CPU throttling, we discovered that an additional 12 percent of the servers in its environment were candidates for immediate decommissioning.
Similarly, experience shows that most data centers can realize additional savings in their energy consumption. The direct electricity requirements of the server farm typically drop by 12 to 15 percent after implementing the simple steps mentioned throughout this article. Additional savings are accrued by reducing demand on the cooling infrastructure as well. For virtually any data center, these kinds of substantial returns can be generated in a rapid payback period.
Andy Dominey is a Product Manager at 1E. Andy has extensive experience with data center energy efficiency, server virtualization, and a wide range of Microsoft enterprise solutions. In his current role, Andy manages the product direction and development of one of 1E solutions, based on his understanding of enterprise infrastructure, server efficiency and IT waste reduction. Since joining 1E in 2005, Andy has held numerous management roles including senior consultant, principal consultant and practice lead.
Prior to joining 1E, Andy served as a systems administrator for Cobweb Solutions, where he monitored, maintained and supported an expansive infrastructure serving more than 1,500 customers. Previously, Andy developed an in-depth understanding of large-scale server infrastructures as a field service engineer, second-level engineer and third-level engineer at World Class International (WCI). Andy has presented at an array of industry events and has published numerous Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 and Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 books, articles and white papers. He can be reached at email@example.com.