10 Practical Ways to Make Your IT System Greener, More Efficient

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-12-28 Print this article Print

5. Select the right equipment cabinet.

Although network equipment that uses side-to-side cooling can be fit more efficiently into racks, equipment using front-to-back cooling ensures no hot air is pushed into adjacent racks that can cause equipment to overheat and become unusable. Buying a cabinet that forces front-to-back cooling is a cost-effective way to make certain equipment using side-to-side cooling will not overheat.

6. Reduce carbon footprint by turning off peripheral equipment.

IT managers can significantly reduce power usage by implementing these simple things: replacing personal printers with high-efficiency multi-task printers; requiring workers to power off computers at the end of each day; forbiding the use of screensavers; and ensuring new computers have an auto-sleep feature.

7. Buying used equipment lowers manufacturing emissions.

Leading manufacturers state that more than 60 percent of their emissions come through the production process. Longer networking equipment usage can mean less new-product manufacturing, thus less emissions.

8. Take a temperature check.

Ensuring that you follow the manufacturer's recommended temperature range within which equipment optimally functions is critical to make certain the equipment is not over-burdened. It is also important to understand what the lower end of the optimal temperature range is to determine if there could be energy savings enjoyed by lowering server room temperatures.

9. Consider energy-monitoring tools.

Affordable software packages are available that can identify energy wastes and aid in lowering energy use. These monitoring tools provide a road map to work from to ensure energy consumption is maximized.

10. Mandate the use of data deduplication.

Encouraging employees not to store multiple copies of the same document in various areas will help save storage space. This waste can hinder hardware efficiency and add to energy costs.

Chris Preimesberger

Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features and Analysis at eWEEK.


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