ease11Data centers are arguably one of the priciest aspects of an enterprise’s It operations. Electricity, environmental controls and equipment maintenance can lead to high operational costs. To maximize a data center’s potential, it’s important to stick to the best practices and regular maintenance to make sure your devices are functioning at their highest capability.

Here are three tips for operating a more cost-efficient data center:

  • Use the best power source possible.
    • Between AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) power, there is a trend towards changing to a DC provider. The best way to increase your power efficiency is to eliminate most of the loss at the point of conversion. It is generally considered that DC is now the more effective standard of delivering electricity. Although AC is thought of as more traditional, DC has proven to cut down on extra power conversions, ultimately lowering monthly costs and increasing reliability.
  • Prevent cable damage.
    • Network cables are vital components in an everyday data center, so they need to be protected. Best practices for protecting cables include making sure there is no liquid spillage, keeping them away from any electromagnetic sources and avoiding open flames or heat. Along with preventative measures, renovating cables every few years also helps with making sure they are in the best shape possible. By maintaining cables’ good working condition, they have more long-term value.
  • Recycle old servers and equipment.
    • When it comes time to renovate your data center, recycling old servers and equipment is an important step to get the most out of your devices. Before recycling it is important to make sure you take the proper steps to take care of any data on these devices. For best practices, usually you should pair with an ITAM lifecycle provider with DoD-compliant data erasure software so your devices receive the best care in terms of resale, refurbishment and recycling.
  • Ensure all practices are in compliance with legislation.
    • Any major violations can result in costly fines, legal fees and reallocating resources. This type of loss can bring bad publicity and loss in investor confidence as well as an overall reputation for being careless or insensitive.

An efficient data center is one that remains up-to-date in compliance regulations, power sources and equipment maintenance. Once equipment is updated, older servers, cables and other devices may have opportunities for refurbishment or recycling with a certified IT asset management company.

HOBI International specializes in managing IT and mobile needs for Fortune 500 companies from beginning of life to end of life. Along with any data consulting or services, HOBI is an environmentally safe, R2, RIOS and 14001 certified company with the best practices for electronics recycling and refurbishing.