Energy control in data centers involves the combination of thoughtful design, technology implementation, and ongoing monitoring to ensure efficient energy usage while meeting the performance and reliability demands of modern computing infrastructure.
As the present and future of data center technology indicates, state-of-the-art advancements in the field are facilitating more efficient, secure and sustainable operations.
But what does data center energy control look like when totally optimized? We look at some of the key advancements in energy control systems and Araner’s most updated approach.
Energy control in the context of data centers
Servers, networking equipment, and other hardware necessary for storing, processing, and transmitting digital information consume significant amounts of energy. That is to say, the day-to-day functioning of data centers involves the use of a lot of energy, with a substantial quantity going into cooling needs.
In this context, As such, energy control refers to the management and optimization of energy usage within a data center facility. As such, energy control initiatives and energy-saving efforts in data centers remain crucial for several reasons:
- Cost Efficiency: electricity being a major operational expense for data centers, energy control measures aiming at increasing data center efficiency help reduce operational costs.
- Environmental Impact: as data centers contribute to environmental damage due to their energy consumption, effective energy control helps mitigate the carbon footprint of these facilities. As such, energy control systems are a crucial element in developing green data centers.
While the energy control measures we describe below remain key for a sustainable data center project (both environmentally and economically), they must take into account issues such as data center redundancy. This involves data center design that acknowledges effective strategies against downtime (caused by power outages, equipment failure and other unexpected incidents).
Key strategies to achieve energy control in data centers
- Infrastructure design: energy control starts with the design of the data center itself. Proper planning of the layout, cooling systems, power distribution, and hardware selection can significantly impact energy efficiency.
- Cooling systems: efficient cooling systems, such as liquid cooling, help maintain optimal temperatures without excessive energy usage.
- Server utilization: efficient workload distribution across servers ensures that resources are utilized optimally, preventing underutilization and reducing the need for extra servers to handle peak loads.
- Renewable energy integration: some data centers are integrating renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind power, to partially or fully power their operations, managing their energy control while further reducing their reliance on fossil fuels.
- Energy monitoring and analytics: real-time monitoring and analytics tools provide insights into energy consumption patterns, helping data center managers identify areas for improvement and make informed decisions to optimize energy usage.
Discover Araner’s approach to energy control systems in data centers
At Araner, we’re committed to developing sustainable, reliable and cost-effective optimized cooling technology for data centers.
As such, we know the optimal cooling system can take many shapes and forms that must adjust to the needs of each data center. Our efforts have taken us to lead cutting-edge immersion cooling initiatives, including water-cooling projects.
This method involves submerging IT equipment in dielectric, thermally-conductive liquids that effectively reduce its temperature, a technique that has been reported to provide up to 1000 times more effective cooling than air-cooling techniques.
As part of our state-of-the-art liquid cooling initiatives, there are other winning strategies we’ve developed to guarantee optimized energy control systems. This includes the incorporation of waste-heat recovery structures, such as heat pumps which are able to reuse heat emissions that would otherwise go to waste and turn them into climate-positive energy consumption.
Our contribution to energy control in data centers also involves the development of modular and fully-integrated plants, which provide scalability to projects and thus avoid costly and complex installation processes when they’re not necessary.
Humidity control systems for data centers seal off our initiatives to guarantee total data center energy control and optimization.
At ARANER, we work to develop cooling technologies to generate green data centers that are both sustainable and reliable. This includes the guarantee of data center redundancy while also adapting to TIER level requirements.
Our cooling technology solutions and data center design also involve fully-integrated systems through the development of our own control models, including intuitive Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), SCADA’s and redundant EtherNet/IP and other common industrial communication protocols such Modbus, Profinet or BacNet.
Finally, as part of highly-demanding projects, we’ve also been part of modular cooling plants initiatives both for new projects and retrofit projects.
Learn more about energy control in data centers by downloading our free data center cooling reference ebook, or get in touch with us and speak directly to our team about your project’s specific needs and how we can help you achieve them.