Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller.

Memorialized in song, it’s a common and everyday dynamic that we learned and sometimes rebelled against as teenagers. Our responsibility for the waste management of the family domicile and the financial rewards or negative repercussions if we met or failed to keep up with our assigned chores.

“Take out the papers and the trash, or you don’t get no spending cash / If you don’t scrub that kitchen floor, you ain’t gonna rock and roll no more.” – The Coasters’ R&B Hit Single, “Yakety Yak”

For IT staff, the responsibility to eliminate waste and common inefficiencies found throughout the data center is no different. However, the money that can be saved is no mere pocket change needed to visit the local cinema and afford a large popcorn and Coke. Rather, data center managers that employ certain energy efficient strategies and technologies can work to remedy issues of waste and over consumption that can make a big and measurable impact on their facilities’ bottom line.

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