Not many companies can afford to completely replace their existing data centre, so sometimes updating your existing data centre can be an alternative solution.

Adopting data centre power monitoring is essential to this and can now be implemented without a complete re-fit and whilst allowing normal, uninterrupted IT operations. This will provide a baseline upon which incremental changes to design and investment in new technologies can be measured.

Below are are some changes you could make to your existing data centre to make it more efficient:

  1. Air Management
    Investing in blanking panels minimises air leakage through empty space within racks and reduces cooling loads through minimising recirculation.
  2. Aisle Containment
    Benefits to Aisle Containment can be experienced from day one, from reduced cooling costs significantly, increasing space utilisation/rack densities as well as greatly reducing data centre carbon footprint.
  3. Free Cooling
    Install indirect or direct free cooling. It could save you as much as 90% compared to traditional cooling costs.
  4. Temperature Management
    Increase the room (or cold aisle) temperature to between 24?C and 27?C. Understanding of this is now becoming more widespread, however too many data centre managers still think that their room should be set at a temperature of below 19?C.
  5. Power Management
    Install voltage regulators and/or power factor correction equipment.
  6. UPS Systems
    A UPS system supplies power to critical IT equipment in the event of a mains power failure. New models of UPS are generally more efficient in online mode with output power factors of 0.9, and in some case 1.
  7. Lighting
    LED lighting is a more-efficient option than fluorescent lighting as it reduces energy consumption, is low cost whilst improving operations.
  8. Virtualisation
    Replace legacy servers and storage with new high efficiency equipment; for example, leverage virtualisation to maximise performance of the equipment you already have.

2bm has designed and built data centres that have since been awarded accolades for the energy efficient measures taken. These awards include: The Green Data Centre and two CEEDA Gold Awards for surpassing expectations in energy efficiency.