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How to optimise Data Centers

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 By: Gabriel
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Gartner issued a new report on Tuesday that reveals that the data center problems such as power, cooling and spaces costs will continue to worsen in 2010, calling on all data center managers to proactively attend to these issues. The report makes a few recommendations to businesses in order to reduce data center costs, including monitoring and measuring power usage, replacing old or underused servers and consolidating data centers. The report suggests a few ways that data center owners can cut costs in their IT facilities, including assessing their hardware to see which systems are old or are no longer of use. Businesses have reported that this kind of hardware rationalization has helped them reduce 5 to 20 percent of their overall server count, says Gartner. Gartner also recommends that companies should consolidate the number of data centers, and use different tools and techniques that help reduce power costs. These include raising the temperature in the data center to lower the amount of cooling needed, using outside air instead of air conditioning, and using the many tools and technologies that server makers offer to lower energy used by the systems. Data center owners should also be aware how long a refurbished data center will last, as Gartner analysts say that refurbished facilties should provide at least five years of physical, electrical and networking capacity to make any renovations worthwhile.

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