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Saving Electricity and Money in a data center

By f4pilot ·
I read the APC white paper on efficiency. It goes only part of the way toward improving efficiency.

We replaced a large group of not quite at end of life servers with some new Sun 5120 servers. Not only is there a huge performance gain, but after a month, there apparently will be a net cost saving across the next 3 years that covers the cost of the servers.

Server efficiency may return 3 year fuel savings that are larger than acquisition cost and difference in maintenance costs. The new servers are much lower in maintenance costs than the 3 year old servers they replaced.

I hate to sound like a shill for anyone, but I think SUN has the right idea with their coolthread servers.

I have long been in a hybrid environment and have noticed the electrical inefficiency of servers. Migrating to 5120's running Apache may have long term benefits for the bottom line and the environment.

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You might have saved even more.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Saving Electricity and Mo ...

You don't say anything about virtual servers. Did you consider consolidating multiple old physical servers as multiple virtual servers on a single physical host? Most physical servers are underutilized.

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