How Changing Your IT Data Racks Can Save You Money On Energy Costs

Written by Twitter Secrets on . Posted in Data center containment, Hot aisle containment solutions, Seismic rack

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How we accumulate our data is important, but how we organize it even more so. Time is money, after all, and you can end up wasting a lot of both when you fail to keep all your equipment where it needs to be. This goes triply so for data centers that rely on the constant accumulation of information on a regular basis. Even a minor slip-up can mean thousands of dollars wasted. A good data rack should be able to accomplish all the basics in one convenient package, from providing a convenient space to store all your equipment as well as proper ventilation to keep said equipment from heating up. Anything less is a waste of your time.

Let’s take a look at IT rack sizes and how you can reap the benefits of cold aisle containment with minimal effort.

Who needs the benefits of using IT racks? Quite a few industries, when you think about it. Nearly everything we do is supported by the efforts of technology, whether it’s your full-time job or you’re just sending a quick e-mail to a colleague. By the time 2015 wrapped up end-user spending on cloud services reached over $180 billion. This is just one of many areas that relies heavily on the functionality of a clean, cool and well-organized data center.

The power density of a single data center is a stunning 100 times more than that of even the largest commercial office building. For further comparison, this is also the equivalent to nine small-sized shopping malls of a similar size to the average Wal-Mart. A small electronic malfunction or clogged fan? This seemingly minor incident can have major consequences for the surrounding equipment, causing a domino effect that hits every worker down the ladder. Your server rack enclosure, simply put, is the unsung hero of your set-up.

The majority of IT equipment failures, at 65%, have been directly attributed to issues relating to server racks. These include inadequate server rack models, poorly maintained enclosures and a lack of proper, ongoing ventilation in the room. You can also, of course, have multiple problems working in tandem sucking away your money without you any the wiser. The A/C costs of an average server room with around 30 KW of air conditioning operating at just 70% capacity can reach $23,000 or more.

Are there ways you can reduce these costs while still keeping your data centers running smoothly? It all comes back to your IT rack sizes and just how you use them. A survey conducted back in 2011 saw nearly 40% of large companies expected to exceed IT capacity within just a year and a half. With many data centers over seven years old and considered out-of-date by Green Computing norms, it’s imperative you stay ahead of the curve and look for every detail possible to give you an edge.

The best data center is one that uses the right IT rack sizes to make sure everything is in its place and easy to remove or switch up at will. Nearly 80% of all data centers either actively employ or are looking into installing either a hot aisle or cold aisle containment system. These go the extra mile in keeping the server room at the ideal temperature to both reduce energy use and prevent issues like overheating, electronic malfunction and dust build-up. A simple air conditioning improvement alone can reduce your costs by 35%.

Instead of just collecting data, turn organization into its very own art form. You’ll save time, money and stress all in one fell swoop.

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