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To scalability and beyond! Part 2

From the experts | Posted on February 10, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson

It’s time to get started

Once your captains er– leaders are on board with the benefits and significant cost savings an efficient data center can deliver, it’s time to assess your current infrastructure and create a plan. The very first thing you need to do is,

 “Shunt the deuterium from the main cryo-pump to the auxiliary tank.”

 Just kidding. But there are best practices and procedures available to ensure you have a successful implementation. To get started you can:

  • Complete an energy efficiency assessment
  • Benchmark data center performance
  • Rate data center energy efficiency
  • Look for ‘quick win’ opportunities to improve efficiency (these can add up to massive gains)

You need to be able to show your energy usage before and track improvements over time. This will make a big difference if compliance becomes an issue or new energy incentives come into place. When you’re ready to drill down, take a look at each area of your data center to see where can make room for improvement.

 Servers

Look for old server environments and applications that can be virtualized and consolidated to improve IT utilization and, thus, energy efficiency. Using virtualization to increase the utilization rate on equipment is a significant part of improving data center functions and saving money.

 Systems

Leverage virtualization by finding the best, most energy efficient servers and storage hardware available. Look for attributes, like performance per watt, scalability and clustering capabilities that are built right into the products. With hardware, it’s important to address your current needs and be prepared for future demands.

 Storage

Look at where the data is sitting and clean it up using a tiered storage environment. Also, virtualization is key here to improving utilization rates. For more information, visit our Advisor blog and read: Turn Your Red Hot Data Center Cool Blue.

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