It has become important to conduct regular checks of data center health. This is needed because the industry has to deal with a higher green conscience. So until there are some radical changes made to the way data center equipment is manufactured and recycled, a data center owner simply has to perform annual checks to see exactly how green his facility is and more importantly, use the results of this review to chalk out future improvements. Such a review of performance needs to bring together data over multiple years as well. Aspects like the quantum of energy being used, the percentage of carbon free energy and water are important. Also critical are issue pertaining to the quantum of computing per watt and the efficiency per watt.
Meeting energy and green goals needs to bring together top management’s commitment and long term vision. Small measures like replacing plasma with LED screens and using motion detectors for machine room lights will also contribute to data center energy efficiency.
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