U-M Planet Blue
Sustainable Computing

Decrease Data Center Energy Usage

Server rooms and data centers, while necessary to keep our systems and processes functioning, are major energy consumers. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), data center energy consumption doubled from 2000 to 2005. The good news is present technologies and designs can reduce energy usage up to 25%.

Find out how green your server room/data center is...

  1. Perform an energy usage benchmark
    In order to optimize any system or combination of systems working together, such as those found in a typical data center, it is crucial to accurately assess its current performance. Get a Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) reading from Plant Operations.

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  3. Perform an assessment of your data center/server room

Put your plan into action

  1. Determine which best practices are applicable to your site and develop structured recommendations.

  2. Create an Energy Reduction Plan: Start with the source of the problem and apply energy-saving best practices to solve it.

  3. Go green! Implement your Data Center/Server Room Energy Reduction Plan.

Keep records of the savings and share your sustainability efforts!

Perform a post-implementation measurement and energy usage benchmark and document the results.