Here in Texas, we aren’t really accustomed to freezing temperatures.  We had summer-like January weather in Austin just a few days ago!  However, yesterday a rare winter storm came through Texas and made everyone turn on their heaters.  As a result, the whole state was over capacity on power usage, forcing the Texas power grid operator to shut down electricity in many areas!

IT Administrators throughout the world are in a similar situation when dealing with power in the datacenter. They have to consider power and cooling concerns when building and managing a datacenter to avoid going over their power budget like the State of Texas did recently.

Luckily for our readers, Dell Engineer MR, Rajkumar recently wrote a great article on Best Practices in Power Management on Dell PowerEdge Servers.  By following his helpful tips, IT Admins can reduce energy consumption, avoid going over their power budget, and design their datacenters more efficiently.

The article in it’s entirety can be found at the following link on the Dell TechCenter:


By following the tips outlined in the article, you can help optimize power consumption in your environment and save money - no one likes paying a high electricity bill!  To get a better idea of what the paper is all about, here is a quick excerpt:

“Energy efficiency is currently one of the most important topics in the computing industry, especially in the server space. To reduce power usage, we need to implement an energy-efficient server infrastructure that facilitates power management and that helps allocate power to computing resources as needed. Power savings are also made possible by virtualization technology. To take full advantage of virtualization technology and other resources, we need to make sure the hardware that we select allows for maximum energy efficiency. In some places where we can’t sacrifice performance, we need to explore alternatives. In this paper I have listed best practices for reducing power consumption effectively.”

Take control of your power and cooling costs. Click through to read more about Best Practices in Power Management.