Seven Ways to Cut Data Center Costs

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-10-2013
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Seven Ways to Cut Data Center Costs

Sizable Share  Data centers account for 2% of the U.S.'s total electricity usage.

If CIOs are looking to reduce expenses in a big way, they may want to schedule a visit to their data centers—even if they may not like what they see. Indeed, these facilities consume enough energy worldwide to power 30 nuclear power plants or every single home in Italy, according to research from Green House Data. And they usually require 15 times more energy per square foot than a typical office building, according to the Alliance to Save Energy. This pattern will only increase with greater reliance on big data: The volume of digital content grew 48% just last year, according to research from IDC. To help save on consumption costs, we're happy to present the following recommendations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program. Among other topics, the best practices cover heating and cooling guidelines, as optimal temperatures within these data centers should go no lower than 64.4 degrees and no higher than 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers. For more information about best practices from Energy Star, click here. For more about the Green House Data research, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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