IT Focus Area: Data Center
July 24, 2015
How to Optimize Your Data Center Costs and Maximize Your Budget
This is an excerpt from the new The Essential Guide to the Data Center Facility of the Future.
The first key to optimizing your data center costs is to look at your data center holistically.
Instead of focusing on achieving cost savings in a specific area—such as power—think about how all of your systems impact each other.
For example, did you know that removing one watt of power on the IT side of the house results in almost three watts of total power savings? This is called the cascade effect. For example, if you save a single watt of power by removing old technology, you can reduce demand on your power, cooling, etc. elsewhere in the data center.
You can also optimize your costs by:
Determining how much you spend on power, heating, and cooling. You can reduce your costs if you integrate these systems.
Finding hidden savings. Look at your short- and long-term strategies. Are you going after short-term savings that will only cost you more down the road?
Understand what services your colocation provider offers. You may not need all of your provider’s services on day one, but you may want them down the road.
Reconsider your short-term savings if they will cost you more in the long term.
To learn more about the data center of the future, get your copy of The Essential Guide to the Data Center Facility of the Future.