Benefits of Using a Green Data Center

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Today, there are millions of servers running worldwide on a daily basis. Often these are being upgraded and managed, but they are not always being used. It is estimated that these unused servers cost billions every year.  This could be a major waste of money, as well as a waste of precious energy.

Green data centers have recognized these wastes and worked to repair them. . Many companies are now more eco-conscious and are contemplating what green data centers can offer. Here are a few common benefits associated with green data center use.

Turning Off Unused or Dead Servers

When a company partners with a data center,  it provides a specified amount of storage it requires. From there, the data center will allocate adequate space. Typically, a data center will allocate additional space to prepare for expansion later down the road. This is often done automatically, not by request from the customer. Though this provides room for customer growth, it also creates dead server space until that expansion occurs. It is estimated that up to a fifth of all servers are sitting idle. These idle hardware pieces will still consume power and other resources, costing both the data center as well as the customer. Green data centers turn off these dead servers. This lowers energy consumption, and thus, costs, which is reflected in lower customer fees.

Virtualization

Most companies assume that they need one server for each piece of software. This is untrue. Green data centers utilize what is referred to as virtualization. This software management system places multiple pieces of software on the same server. This often can combine up to a dozen servers into one. This, again, will lower costs for the user storing their information at that facility.

Delaying Capital Expenditures

One of the reasons data centers cost so much is that the data center has expenditures for power use estimates. Green data centers eliminate this excess spending by using power on demand. Continuous monitoring and analysis allows green data centers to only use the amount of power they need. They do this rather than increase power capacity that they may not use for several months or even years. Furthermore, green data centers use specialized tools that allow them to reclaim unused power. They can use this power for different applications within the facility.

Green data centers may have elevated fees to start, but in the long-term, they are more efficient and cost effective. Since they are energy-conscious, these facilities will consume less power. This, in turn, means less overhead. This is very beneficial for the user who is looking for an affordable, eco-friendly data storage option. Green facilities offer the same amount of power, bandwidth, security and storage as facilities not operating in “green mode.” The only difference is they are able to do so without leaving a hefty impact on the environment.

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  • John Booth

    The picture does not inspire me to read the rest of this article! As it does not indicate that ANY Green IT or Energy Efficient best practices have been applied.