Top ten tips for a greener datacentre

Ten green steps that could cut 50% out of datacentre operational costs.


Green has traditionally been considered the colour of hope and yet today we could say it is the colour of resolution: the world’s resolution to help the environment.

Over the past year we have all witnessed the debate around carbon emissions and how we can reduce our footprint. Measures can be taken as individuals, as households and as entire organisations.

Climate change affects everybody and it has been shown that emissions of greenhouse gases by people and industry is affecting the world's climate. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is produced when we use appliances that feature heating and/or cooling systems, electricity, cars and planes.

Fortunately, making a difference is not difficult and it can actually help save money as well as the planet. Several programmes are in place around the world to help us offset our carbon footprint; in the UK, for example, it is possible to calculate one’s level of emissions.

In 2006, the average datacentre required nearly one hundred barrels of oil per day to run. Today organisations can better their bottom line and reduce environmental impact by leveraging improved technologies available to datacentres around the world.

In its mission to help customers reduce datacentre costs and to become "greener" by also reducing energy consumption, 3PAR has created these top tips for a greener datacentre. Implementing just a few of the suggestions below could help businesses reduce operational costs by 50% or more with advanced “energy saving” technologies and creative environmental programs, helping their bottom lines and the environment, a decidedly win-win situation.

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