As the data center industry grows, so does its increasingly large power demands, and the frequent need to continuously provision for more power.
“This need for more power capacity, augmented by the increasing cost of electricity, has created a new found urgency to effectively manage the power resources and energy usage,” a new report from Server Technology states.
In the market of 2020, today’s data center manager is responsible for not only overseeing capacity planning management, but also ascertaining the capability to determine, drive and report on energy efficiency.
Today’s data center has come a long way from being the home of a single mainframe computer. It is a complicated mix of servers, storage, networking, load balancers and other hardware, all running multiple layers of software, keeping each data center manager busy overseeing daily operations. The enterprise data center as we know it today contains racks of Information Technology (IT) equipment that consists of server racks, network racks and storage racks.
“The methodology chosen for power delivery to IT equipment within these racks is a key factor for operational best practices that will allow power delivery improvements and drive up energy efficiency. Comprehensive power management and control is required to understand how power is being used and what can be done for improvements,” Server Technology outlined.
That said, you can’t improve something that is not being measured. That’s why Server Technology further outlines points of of interest for data center power management and defines ten things every data center manager should know about power. These suggestions range in topic from power density, voltage and monitoring the IT equipment racks to power use, remote power management and measuring energy efficiency.
Having the ability to monitor consumption at the IT device will help keep potential problems at bay. — Server Technology
This white paper from Server Technology defines 10 things every data center manager should know about power and identifies some key considerations for the data center planner and operator regarding how to simply and reliably power all of the IT hardware in the modern data center.
Download the full report, “The Top 10 Things Every Data Center Manager Should Know About Power,” courtesy of Server Technology, to further explore further the tasks and challenges facing data center managers today.