Driving better power management and cost efficiencies
Against the backdrop of power outages, datacentre power management and renewable energy solutions are fast becoming key differentiators in the local market. Greener designs that reduce mechanical energy will deliver better efficiencies for the modern business.
Reliable power and the modern workforce
Our world is highly connected and the availability of applications is fundamental to the way that the remote workforce and the modern enterprise operate. Datacentre infrastructure providers offer clients service level agreements that guarantee uptime, delivering a real solution to the unreliable power supply locally. These datacentre solutions deploy resilient power infrastructure that allows on-going operations in the absence of utility power, delivering uptime for crucial applications. With datacentre operators providing uptime guarantees of 99.999% - equating to just over five minutes of downtime per annum – it is no surprise that the datacentre landscape in South Africa is changing.
A hybrid datacentre landscape
In addition to the ongoing load shedding, the entrance of international tech giants in South Africa is changing the datacentre landscape. The ideal datacentre design is moving away from legacy designs towards a more flexible, hybrid approach that accommodates a customised combination of on-premise with co-location and other cloud and hyperscale alternatives.
Power optimisation using monitoring and management tools
Next to load shedding and inconsistent power supply is voltage fluctuation that gives devastating blows to datacentre infrastructure, and in particular to the expected life of the system. In addition to greener and more efficient energy solutions, datacentre power management provides useful tools for understanding where losses are being incurred within the system, allowing for better designs and power optimisation that reduce losses linked to IT usage. These toolsets help clients to monitor and manage power usage and losses, providing clear business value.
The cost of datacentre infrastructure
Many companies do not know exactly how much power their IT systems use or the associated costs thereof. Hybrid solutions are becoming the dominant trend in cloud deployments that are seeing on-premise datacentres moving to co-located and cloud infrastructure. With new technology comes higher power densities, which means less equipment space in datacentre racks. The relationship of power to space is an important factor in understanding the cost of future deployments. In addition, the cloud is only as good as the network and the cost of connectivity, which should also be assessed.
Being able to understand current power costs and how these will reduce in a hybrid environment is an important part of a company’s infrastructure cost analysis and digital transformation decision-making process. One thing is for sure, the cost of being left behind the digital curve has massive implications for all businesses across all industries.
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