Dell Says No to Major Data Center Overhauls


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Instead, it says taking smaller steps constantly is better.

With the economy tanking, doing major overhauls of data centers to make them efficient isn’t really an option for many businesses right now. And yet radically changing data centers is a key component of improving conserving resources nationally and world wide – something we discuss often. So how do businesses balance their need for big changes with their strapped investment resources?

Dell proposes a solution, or really a bunch of small solutions, and has shown the philosophy’s viability by following it itself. Dell, along with most of the industry, has realized that IT, like everything else, comes from finite resources and needs to be treated with care so that it will last as long as possible. In this vein, Dell proposes not radically overhauling centers, but rather planning improvements on three year cycles, from now until forever.

The plan, or philosophy, is called the Hidden Data Center and with it Dell puts forward a few best practices to follow to ensure data centers constantly evolve to be more efficient and greener while not requiring companies to invest more than they can spare.

To this end, Dell is offering a range of services and products to help companies make their data centers lean and green across the board – from energy efficiency to virtualization, from storage to migration and design ideas.

Dell’s VP of data center infrastructure, Albert Esser puts it simply:

Sometimes people get fooled by the idea that you have to choose between being green and being effective. You don’t. The two concepts are related—more effective data centers tend to be greener, and greener data centers tend to be more effective. It’s common sense, really. The best hardware in the industry is the most cost effective and energy efficient, and that makes for the greenest data center you can have. And it goes the other way too—if your data center is not green, it isn’t as efficient or effective as it could be.

Dell has shown that their strategies work because they’ve followed some of their own best practices suggestions and have saved $29 million in operating costs over three years. They also were able to put off building a new data center indefinitely. With another refresh and implementation of more best practices, they’ll be able to save another giant chunk of change.

Dell’s plan falls in nicely with the push for more effective measurements of data center efficiency. As we discussed earlier on TreeHugger, data centers have PUE, but they’re going to get a new unit of measurement that provides analysis of the efficiency of each piece of equipment within the data center.

By utilizing Dell’s assistance, some common sense, and watching what other big players in the IT industry are doing, companies can be well on their way to super green data centers without having to budget huge amounts of money to accomplish it.

Via Zdnet
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Tags: Computing | Energy Efficiency | Environmental Footprint