Feature - Cool rules for hot computing
The efficiency of your data center can impact its efficacy and your bottom line.Images courtesy of (clockwise from top left) photo blog 0001, skreuzer and pinguino.
Designing a new data center or retrofitting an old one is a complex process, but these six ideas will get you started in the right direction.1. Decide whether you really need your own data centerGrowing your computing infrastructure is challenging. Before you commit to your next upgrade, ask yourself, Â“Do I even need my own data center?Â”As Amazon CTO Werner Vogels said at the Next Generation Data Center conference last year, unless youÂ’re in an industry where having a highly efficient, in-house data center translates directly into revenue, you might be better off running your applications in someone elseÂ’s data center.2. Weigh the costs and benefits of green designThe Green Grid, a consortium of information technology companies interested in improving data center energy efficiency, re