Reducing Data Centers’ Carbon Footprint

Regulations for data centers continue to evolve as time passes. From strategies to improve business efficiency to DCIM discussions, governmental mandates, and virtualization, development is becoming not just optional but essential.

As Information Technology companies strive to be evermore environmentally friendly, attention turns to greenhouse gasses and the carbon footprint.

Nlyte Software has practical steps for data centers to pursue “greening” of their environments through using a DCIM solution which has made tangible impact on businesses.

  1. Energy Conservation

Data centers can accumulate more energy expenditures than needed for the data center to fully function. Nlyte Software has means to enable data centers to determine which company resources are essential to the computing needs and which are not. This allows companies to replace or remove the inefficient or stagnant resources. Resultantly, some companies find as great as a 20% increase in power and cooling efficiencies, among other results.

  1. Reduction

Specifically looking at overall server workload, capacity, and use can decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Nlyte enables reduction by aligning various functions through such means as workload virtualization and capacity increase for underutilized servers. Not only does this reduce the company’s overall e-Waste, but it also decreases the manufacturing contribution to the carbon footprint.

  1. Reporting

Although one-time changes can decrease the carbon footprint, finding sustainable solutions and continually monitoring energy use is essential to make the greatest impact. Nlyte offers solutions that allow report generation at any time in order to get an overview of the data center’s energy use. This gives directional confirmation or redirection to help make positive changes in energy reduction.

Nlyte has been able to implement these changes in a variety of situations, including with Computacenter. With more than 10,000 employees and grossing over 3 billion pounds, Computacenter is Europe’s leading independent provider of IT infrastructure services. They specialize in advising on IT strategy, implementation, management, and complexity reduction.

The company decided they needed a DCIM solution in order to plan and forecast the most effective use of new and existing data centers to meet growing demand. Nlyte was able to meet this need through their DCIM offerings. Nlyte enabled time to be saved, data to be accurate, power and utilization management to be optimized, and more.

Sam Brickett, Head of Data Center Services at Computacenter, attests to Nlyte’s DCIM impact:

With Nlyte, and its advanced analytic capabilities, we have been able to gain control over our data centres. The ability to view, model and predict our data centre power, cooling and space requirements in near real-time enables us to make the most effective use of our distributed estate” said Simon. “In addition, we can deliver our customers with services tailored to meet their exact requirements and help them to minimise their data centre energy usage and carbon footprint.”

To find out more about implementing a DCIM solution, refer to Getting Started with DCIM, DCIM Benefits versus Direct, Indirect, and Hidden Costs, or Data Center Efficiency: Strategies for Improvement.

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