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Power Hungry Data Centers
Hope your start of semester went smoothly and things are starting to settle a bit.
In recent years our primary and secondary data centers have gone through a transformation. We’ve been moving in the direction of virtual desktops across campus so we’ve consolidated processing power into the data centers. With server virtualization we’ve eliminated dozens of physical servers using blade servers to power the virtual environment and support an ever growing SAN environment. Although we’ve consolidated and reduced square footage in our data centers our power requirements (and AC requirements) keeping going up, up and up to the point where we’ve outgrown capacity of a fairly new UPS system and generator.
Are others facing similar Data Center power issues and has anyone considered reducing power requirements by moving parts of their primary or secondary data centers off site? Or is everyone biting the bullet and budgeting for very large UPS and Generators to support on campus data centers?
Director of Technology Services
Gander Hall, Room 215