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Reducing Energy Consumption with Server Vaults

As any data center manager knows, one of the main issues for data center operations is the cost of power consumed by their facility. As the cost of electricity continues to rise and new federal taxes in the form of "Cap and Trade" legislation loom on the horizon, the cost of data center operations will only increase over time. Redundant data centers have been multiplying in recent years in response to the ever-greater demand for uptime. Of course, with this redundancy comes increased energy consumption to run the IT equipment and HVAC to keep these systems running cool.

How can you reduce the number of data centers in operation without jeopardizing uptime? By protecting at least one facility with a Class 125 server vault you maintain security for your network. If a major disaster at the protected facility occurs you can just replace the affected infrastructure outside the server vault. If damage is too extensive to quickly recover then the server equipment can be transported to a hotsite location, and operated from there until the primary location is repaired. This strategy allows a reduction in the number of data center facilities without sacrificing uptime capability.

Typical Redundant Data Center Configuration

Energy Efficient Protected Primary Data Center with Backup Site Configuration

A server vault is also a "Renewable Resource" because as IT equipment becomes obsolete and is replaced by new components the vault will remain an effective protective measure. Over the years everything inside the server vault will probably be replaced by newer and more capable equipment, but it will still need Class 125 protection.

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