Cables are tangly, dongly little devils. Everyone’s dealt with that jumbled mess behind a desk or entertainment center at some point. They collect dust, clutter up space and probably even evolve life if you leave them alone long enough. In a data center, that just doesn’t cut it. In fact, cable clutter can actually raise operational costs, drag down energy efficiency and even put infrastructure at risk of interference, cross-talk, and cable damage.
Many data centers advertise themselves as a specific Tier, based on a scale from I – IV. But these classes are generally poorly defined and in many cases misused. Case in point: Green House Data recently exhibited at an industry event in Denver. A man walked up to the table and started asking about the company’s data centers. “You guys are up in Cheyenne, right?” he said, “What kind of facility? Tier II? Tier III?”
It's no secret that data centers use a ton of energy. That's why Green House Data is committed to more efficient design, practices and purchasing renewable energy options. Check out this infographic detailing how much energy data centers really use worldwide and how we can make them more energy efficient.
If you've researched data centers and efficiency, you've certainly come across the term PUE. It stands for Power Usage Effectiveness, and is the leading metric for determining the energy efficiency of data centers. So what does it mean, in practical terms?
At its most basic definition, N+1 simply means that there is a power backup in place should any system component fail. The ‘N’ in this equation simply stands for the number of components necessary to run your system. The ‘+1’ means there is one independent backup should a component of that system fail.
You may have heard that a cloud server platform is more eco-friendly than a traditional server platform, but why is that? What does that really boil down to for energy and cost savings?
The top question that we regularly hear is “What is a green data center?” With data centers now being one of the highest consumers of energy, they are likely to be one of the greatest costs for an enterprise. Our goal is not only to be greener than most data centers, but to also cost less.
I recently came across a blog post discussing why flyover country is a great location for a data center. By “flyover country”, the author was referring to Middle America. The points made are all exactly why we chose to locate our data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming:
Earth Day is quickly approaching and many business leaders have green on their mind. When moving in the direction of corporate sustainability, we often think of automatic lighting and faucets, removing phantom energy suckers such as desktop computers, monitors and printers left on when being unused or possibly greener cleaning products. These are all very important, but in truth, your servers could be pulling the largest energy load of running your business.