This article will explain how implementing a CMMS software solution can significantly help lower Data Center energy costs.
The Rising Costs of Data Center Energy Management
“Energy use is a central issue for data centers. Power draw for data centers ranges from a few kW for a rack of servers in a closet to several tens of MW for large facilities. Some facilities have power densities more than 100 times that of a typical office building. For higher power density facilities, electricity costs are a dominant operating expense and account for over 10% of the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a data center. By 2012 the cost of power for the data center is expected to exceed the cost of the original capital investment.”
Data Centers are critical for many of today’s companies that rely on continuous IT to help run their operations. They are also becoming increasingly more costly to run due to rising energy costs. As a result, the modern Data Center must ensure that all HVAC, humidity and power systems have regular scheduled inspections as well as frequent preventive maintenance performed.
Increasing Energy Efficiency with a CMMS
When Data Center assets are kept in optimal operating condition, cooling, lighting and hardware need less power to operate. For example, an HVACsystem with dirty air filters causes the unit to draw more power to achieve the same cooling results. Making sure these types of assets are scheduled for maintenance checks is best handled by a CMMS.
Similar to cooling units, electrical panels and IT hardware systems will draw more power when circuits are overburdened or parts begin to fail. The use of infrared thermography and other predictive or preventive maintenance checks can be scheduled and results recorded using a CMMS.
How a CMMS Works for Data Centers
When a CMMS is implemented all Data Center assets are recorded. The asset detail collected and entered into the CMMS includes a description, location, date of install, vendor data, cost as well as any associated documentation. Once entered into the CMMS, maintenance and inspection schedules can be generated for action.
As inspections, work orders and repairs are completed the results are fed back into the CMMS using mobile handheld devices. CMMS mobility gives Data Center managers the ability to ensure that all work is being completed as well as making sure that any potential problems are scheduled for action.