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How DCIM tools improve PUE, reduce costs and help mitigate your carbon footprint

Jeff Klaus, General Manager, Data Center Manager Solutions, Intel | April 25, 2016
Data Center Infrastructure Management provides increased levels of automated control to simplify capacity planning and allocation.

Somewhat counter-intuitively, raising internal temperatures in data centers can save annually upwards of 100K per temperature degree without degrading service levels or reducing hardware lifespan. And by deploying various other innovative cooling technologies, facilities can expend up to 95% less energy.

Utilizing DCIM real-time data analysis tools, along with maintaining an active server refresh schedule, can effectively combat runaway energy consumption. The combination of processor improvement with feature rich intuitive dashboards that recognize imbalances in cooling and identify underutilized servers, can sometimes reveal a profligate energy consumer right under an administrator’s nose.

Replacing an older server with today’s advanced technology and using DCIM to identify underutilized systems can reduce energy need by 30%. Considering the four-year life expectancy of a server, this will save up to $480. While that figure might not seem too significant, the numbers get significant if you have thousands of servers.

 

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