In a world where cutting-edge technology is the basis of competitiveness for all types of companies, it's easy to see why the IT industry in particular feels the need to remain on top when it comes to efficiency. There is always a faster, more reliable option, but it always comes at a cost. So how did the big guys get to the top? How have they learned to strike a balance between cost and effectiveness without compromising either entirely? It's all about maintaining a fluid system of managing equipment, budgeting, and proper planning.
What to Do with Old Equipment?
We live in a world that focuses more and more on energy-efficient electronics and, perhaps more importantly, disposing of the dated ones properly. Sure, once you upgrade to something that's more efficient, you're going to cut back on energy consumption, but that doesn't foot the bill for the recycling. Then again, who says you have to pay a company to recycle your used goods? There are plenty of people willing to buy a used and/or refurbished product, especially because the buyers in this market don't need the top-of-the-line electronics and care more about the cost. Before you upgrade to new equipment, don't just toss your old servers and networking equipment, try to sell it refurbished and turn a profit rather than paying to throw them away.
To Outsource or Not to Outsource?
To piggyback off the previous point, you don't have to do everything yourself. Sure, hiring a company – like, for example, an IT asset recovery company -- will cost a few bucks, but it pays for itself if you think about it. You won't have to worry about the hassle of actually finding a home for your old equipment, which makes your company more efficient and saves you valuable time. It's still cheaper than the cost of recycling, too. This can apply to many aspects of your company, such as data security, as well.
Building for Stability
The server and software are only a portion of what should be considered when optimizing your data center. Planning out the arrangement of shelving, as well as what shelving will be used, is integral to creating an efficient server room. Consider how tall your server racks can be, as it will help to utilize otherwise untouched real estate in the room. Also, if you’re living in a location that has frequent tremors or occasional earthquakes, investing in High Heat High Weight seismic racks can prevent your collection of technology from being destroyed in case of an emergency.