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Saving Money by Using Eco-Friendly Servers

Published on 09 April 13
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Owning or using a data centre is probably essential to your business, but these server rooms can be notorious places for eating up energy. This in turn obviously also eats into the business’ bank account. There are many server materials that are not friendly to the environment at all, and this could be costing you much more than you think. Tons of companies around the world have implemented green policies. These policies can help reduce the amount of energy your company is using, and this will save big on your yearly overheads.

Things You Can Do To Help

Just by using backing panels, you can change the air flow of your system. This alone can result in huge savings of up to 25% on your cooling costs. This is a pretty significant amount of money when you consider that there are many other things you could do besides just changing backing panels. If you make changes elsewhere, then the savings could be phenomenal when added up. You don’t need to replace the whole IT structure to save money for yourself or the company, but by making little changes here and there, you can capitalise on the amalgamation of all these small changes. It may be wise to upgrade your equipment as well if it is old or subpar. Server equipment can be really expensive, but if you can gradually replace old equipment with more efficient equipment month after month, the eventual savings will be well worth the money you pay to have the equipment changed. In this way you can avoid having to spend a large sum on new equipment, instead it can be a gradual investment and more of a long term money saving plan.

An eco friendly server room does not just imply replacing old servers. Poor infrastructure is often one of the major causes of energy inefficiency…especially in data centres. The servers require cooling, which is usually achieved through a ventilation system, this in turn requires electricity to run. There is therefore potential savings to be made in this department. Furthermore, the design of the server room and the layout of the server stacks can also affect the ventilation and subsequent spend on air conditioning units. This is why having a professional design and build a server room is usually better in the long run than doing it yourself. They understand the various requirements, not only for the servers but also in energy saving terms, maintenance, flexibility, etc. Companies such as Comms Room Services ( specialise in designing and building such server rooms and expertise such as this can prove to be a worthwhile investment for the future.

You should always look for products with an EPEAT rating. EPEAT is an energy rating system to help you find products that meet environmental standards. By using Gold Rated Products, you are guaranteed to save a bundle of money. It is also a good feeling knowing that you are doing something to help the environment. Making investment decisions isn’t always easy because there are so many variables involved, but a qualified company that deals in this stuff day to day should be able to get you on the right track. Investing in greener energy saving server equipment is not only good for the environment but will also improve the company’s bottom line.

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