Green Data Center Initiatives
Green Data Centers are good for the environment and good for business. Not only is going “green” having measurable impacts on carbon emissions and climate change, but Companies are seeing immediate economic benefits by incorporating Green IT in their data centers. In order to go "green", Companies must measure, analyze and control power usage while making systematic changes to reduce energy consumption. Each change can be measured for effectiveness with the overall goal of decreasing energy use without compromizing equipment uptime or availability. With requirements for five “9’s” of uptime for data center power, it isn’t always possible to convert to 100% dependance on sustainable power technologies (i.e., wind, solar, wave, etc,), but that doesn’t mean you can’t optimize your current power usage - all leading to improved data center energy efficiency, a controlled data center carbon footprint and better overall company ROI.
Achieving a “green” data center requires more than guestimating the energy savings on the application form for ENERGY STAR or LEEDS Certification. You need proof of your data center efficiency over time. For instance, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses the power usage effectiveness (PUE) metric to determine whether a data center qualifies for the ENERGY STAR label. With OpenData software from Modius, you can validate the effectiveness of your green initiatives by accurately tracking energy consumption, carbon emissions and PUE in the data center over time.
OpenData offers a complete real-time monitoring solution of the extended power and cooling infrastructure—from the grid to the server. The software captures, normalizes and stores performance and energy-consumption data from IT and facility infrastructure equipment, including electrical power distribution, cooling and air management devices, and environmental sensors.
How it Works
- Data Center power and cooling infrastructure is identified and OpenData device templates are used to pull the appropriate data points from each device being monitored
- Collector software is configured to combine data points into useful power generation and consumption metrics, normalize data and set performance monitoring thresholds
- Collector software polls data from the power and cooling equipment in real-time and passes it back to the OpenData application for storage in the central database
- End-users can use a variety of pre-configured power reports or build custom dashboards to baseline power capacity and consumption
- End-users can assess the impact of systematic operational changes on power consumption, (elevating room temperatures)
- Equipment performance threshold violations can be passed to the OpenData Alarm and Event Management module or 3rd party monitoring applications
- A comprehensive library of device templates for all power and cooling manufacturers
- Support for wired and wireless sensors
- Simple calculator interface for generating calculated data points from sensor data feeds (Average Volts = (PDUVolts1 + PDUVolts2 + PDUVolts3) / 3)
- Built-in Reporting and Dashboard development tools
- “Canned” reports for power and cooling metrics
- Open database schema for supporting 3rd party BI and reporting packages
- Centralized collection of all power consumption data across multiple data centers
- Easy baselining of actual power consumption by device, rack, room, owner, application, etc.
- Optional Support for Alarm and Event Management
- Easy to deploy and maintain, no on-site coding or programming for low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
- Easy to integrate with other applications managing the data center
- Superior power capacity and consumption management using real data, not plate values
- Easily document effectiveness of “green” initiatives
- Provides dynamic feedback loop for automating climate control systems
- Reduces unplanned downtime for equipment failures based on power issues