Datacentre inefficiency is a growing concern for all organisations, regulatory commissions and employees and employers worldwide, according to APC by Schneider Electric software application engineer, David Sweikert.
Speaking at a Datacenter Dynamics conference in Sydney, Sweikert said there had been a large uptake in datacentres recently and energy consumption associated with them had been rising.
“We’ve seen a roughly 15 per cent increase in datacentre energy usage and over the next two to five years we are going to see a 40 to 50 per cent increase with energy costs,” he said.
Sweikert concentrated on providing an insight into managing a datacentre environment through emerging software trends and real business benefits.
He said controlling costs by lowering energy usage and improving datacentre efficiency is important for datacentre owners and operators worldwide.
Sweikert suggested understanding the wider picture of the building environment, the flow of energy consumption and how the datacentre is fed and the monitoring and operations of the datacentre physical infrastructure layer as a first step in lowering costs.
“You need smart software that is designed and deployed properly, understand the power environment, cooling environment, the racks, the security and the environment,” he said.
In addition to the individual layers, focus should also be given to the links and integration between them to ensure that information is flowing upwards and downwards within a company.
Sweikert emphasised that IT is getting boxed in by power and cooling and that its growing requirements had led to power density increasing within each rack and server.
“Although the energy consumption in servers might drop, energy consumption on a server by server basis has only increased by 20 per cent due to increased memory requirements in our virtualised environments,” he said.
This eventually leads to increased numbers of servers per rack and rising physical infrastructure costs which will surpass the costs of IT hardware and software systems itself.
According to Sweikert, energy efficiency within datacentres is about 50 per cent for an average sized organisation and datacentre but less than half of the load provided to the datacentre is consumed by IT equipment.
Inefficient datacentres can also be the result of poor design, oversized datacentres, lightly loaded GPS' and poor planning.
Sweikert said companies should reduce carbon footprint, monitor the datacentre and lower non-IT power consumption to curb the inefficiencies.