A DATA centre operator in Nigeria, KITS Technologies, has projected huge economic gains in the deployment of energy efficient data centre in the country.
Specifically, KITS Technologies noted that data centre operators across Nigeria and west Africa stands to benefit if energy efficiency is adopted in their initial design concept or in their day-to-day best practice operational management, since following best practices cost nothing, once the “required skill’ is obtained.
According to the Director and Strategic officer, Mr. Taofeek Okoya in Lagos on Monday, data centre experts worldwide had observed that millions of servers are being run, managed and upgraded without being actively used on a daily basis. He said these unused servers consume hundreds of millions of dollars.
Okoya, in addition, said up to $21.4 billion is wasted each year on hardware, maintenance, management, energy and cooling for unused servers in data Centres.
He added that, KITS technologies, in one of her efforts to address the challenges, would be hosting a professional training in Lagos, working in conjunction with Capitoline LLP of UK, to demonstrate the best practices in achieving an energy efficient data centre.
He said the training is targeted at all professionals involved in the planning, designs, specifications and operational management of Data Centres. According to him, the five days intensive training is scheduled to commence on January 8th 2013, stressing the training would be preceded by a free seminar on January 7 to treat specially selected subject with technical managers of various companies involved in data centres operations.
Quoting the founder and the Chief Technical Officer of American Power Conversion, Neil Rasmussen, , who said that, “Electricity usage costs have become an increasing fraction of the total cost of ownership (TCO) for data centers.
“It is possible to dramatically reduce the electrical consumption of typical data centers through appropriate design of the network-critical physical infrastructure and through the design of the IT architecture; that Simple ‘no-cost’ decisions made in the design of a new data center can result in savings of 20- 50 per cent of the electrical bill, and with systematic effort up to 90 per cent of the electrical bill can be avoided.
Conclusively, Okoya said managing energy actively results in 40 percent or more energy savings in the data center; adding that when you consider that a data center can consume 10 to 100 times more energy per square foot than the average office building, and in some cases up to 40 percent of an organization’s carbon footprint, it is clear that managing energy in the data center is of paramount importance.
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