Data center managers and designers, IT equipment manufacturers and infrastructure providers must all collaborate to truly optimize data center efficiency.
For data center managers, there are a number of actions that can be taken today that can significantly drive down energy consumption while freeing physical space and power and cooling capacity to support growth.
Energy reduction initiatives should begin with policies that encourage the use of efficient IT technologies, specifically low power processors and high-efficiency power supplies. This will allow more efficient technologies to be introduced into the data center as part of the normal equipment replacement cycle.
Power management software should also be considered in applications where it is appropriate as it may provide greater savings than any other single technology, depending on data center utilization.