5 practical power-saving tips for the server room

Many data centers may be in need of an upgrade to the power system. But before making a big overhaul, there are some things IT can do to stretch the life of the current infrastructure.

Here are some of the most practical ways to save server room power, according to TechRepublic.com:

  1. Use group policy — Many companies would like computer users to be more conscientious about how their machines suck up electricity, but can’t get them to change their ways. One way to get around that is to use group policy to set tamper-proof power rules for user accounts.
  2. Consolidate UPS battery units — One common culprit for wasted energy is having uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units with a much greater capacity than is needed by the servers they’re connected to.
  3. Find unused power distribution units (PDUs) — These devices use power even if there’s nothing attached to them. Like UPS units, many companies find they can consolidate their PDUs.
  4. Consider power management software — Some companies have chosen to go beyond what group policy can offer and use power management software that can set highly detailed energy saving rules for PCs and servers.
  5. Virtualize — Among its other benefits, virtualization lets companies reduce their energy use by consolidating many servers onto a few physical machines.

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