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April 2012, Vol. 38

Power consumption solutions for modern virtual data centers

What will data centers look like in another decade or two? Will data centers run on DC power, using economizers and real-time infrared monitoring?   Maybe, but in the meantime, it’s all about baby steps. The future of the virtual data center is creeping up on us, whether we’re ready for it or not. But creeping is the key word—changes are often small, incremental moves on the path toward an efficient, powerful data center. Some of what will power the data center of the future isn’t so much glamorous as practical, workaday practices and technologies. Servers are getting more energy-efficient, but data center managers are learning how to use them more efficiently, too (see Steve Bigelow’s piece for more on “chasing the daylight” techniques). And Mike Laverick has discovered that many IT managers are still finding their way to virtual power management features. Expert Robert McFarlane says that energy efficiency’s time has finally come in the data center: many years of talking about standards has led to a few that are becoming ...

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