Running an Efficient Datacenter

InformationWeek looks at the trend towards blades in SMBs, and quotes Gordon Haff of Illuminata as saying "With the mid-sized businesses it really is more about integration than density."

Need some tips on running an efficient datacenter? this piece over on ComputerWeekly.com gives some advice on how to best run a datacenter — including cooling suggestions, change tracking, and simplifying your environment.

Modularity of hardware can also help to optimise power and cooling, which is a vital consideration for the datacentre, as not only do efficient servers cost less, they also perform more reliably, says Ian Brooks, vertical marketing manager for the UK and Ireland at Hewlett-Packard.

“Indications show that it already costs more to power and cool a server over its lifetime than it does to buy the server. With multiplying numbers of servers, higher densities and hotter processors, it is clear that IT facilities are running out of cooling capacity and power. This is a problem regardless of platform – rack, tower, blade – all datacentres need to address it,” Brooks says.

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