How to optimize the performance and energy consumption of your data center with open source based industrial solutions
Monitoring your installation is key
There are several key indicators (KPIs) that must be analyzed and acted on to obtain the best performance in a data center.
You need to monitorize at plant level, cabinet, server rack or unit.
Using Open Source Based solutions you are able to:
- improve security by programming using your most common and expertise protocols and communication elements.
- get raw data and transform it into quality information according to every department need.
The monitoring of critical elements such as:
- space available
- tension points or hot spots
- energy consumption
are important to know if your installation is efficient and where it can be improved.
Important tips about temperature and humidity in data centers
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends that the temperature near the inlet of servers should range between 65ºF to 80ºF and that the reliable humidity should be between 40% and 60%.
You can take a look at this ASHRAE document about Data Center Guidance
The cost of data center energy
The PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) created by the Green Grid, as an instrument for measuring the efficiency of data centers, compares the total energy consumed by a data center with the amount of energy that actually reaches the IT equipment, which allows you to know the amount lost in other equipment, such as cooling systems.
Identify and solve the leaks of energy
If you have proper monitoring of your installation, you can see and analyze where energy is being consumed in inefficiently.
Once energy leaks have been detected, and therefore resources, you can act to improve or correct this critical point in the installation.
Our customers are already using Arduino, Raspberry Pi or ESP32 industrial PLCs in their data centers
We have several customers working in this field*.
One of the most important is based in Europe and works for the banking and the telecommunications industry. They have been using our controllers because open source allows them to improve the security and also the versatility when it is time to adapt the solution.
*We must preserve its identity for confidentiality reasons.
Monitoring and control of HVAC and lighting
There is also one of the most important hosting providers in Southern Europe that uses Arduino PLCs.
They work on the automated control of a ventilation / air renewal system and for lighting controls to improve energy efficiency.
Another major american customer works on the monitoring and control of the entire HVAC installation.
They are building facilities that are going to be replicated at different latitudes. Those places have very different environmental conditions of temperature and humidity.
Resources and ecological footprint
With optimal management of energy resources you can improve the way your company affects the ecological footprint.
Important energy savings
The savings made by monitoring, analysis and improvement of energy consumption have a direct impact on your income statement.
Knowing and acting on the KPIs in your data center allows you to ensure maximum efficiency and performance.