Datacenter construction costs can be as high as $2000 or $3000 per square foot.
An average rack may only take up about 7 square feet, but it will also require an additional 3 times that much just to ensure space for cabling and adequate air flow.
Of course, physical space isn’t the only thing we have to think about when considering datacenter space usage. As servers become smaller and more powerful, they also use more power and produce more heat within a smaller space than older hardware.
This means that more energy is needed to run the machines. And the more heat these systems generate, the more power is required to cool them. It can be a bit like pushing down the brake and accelerator at the same time.
Since most servers are only utilized 5% to 10% of the time, most of the energy needed to power & cool these servers is wasted.
This waste also places stress power infrastructure of datacenters which were designed to supply energy and cooling to systems which only consumed a fraction of the energy used by today’s compact blade systems. In order to keep up with new technology, either new power lines and cooling systems need to be installed or the entire datacenter may need to be relocated.
Either way, we’re talking about expensive infrastructure costs and downtime. This is why it’s important to maximize your resource usage & efficiency while minimizing the physical space needed to store your systems.
By consolidating your servers into a virtualized system, you save space and reduce the amount of energy needed to operate your servers. When one server isn’t in use, those resources are allocated to other servers instead of simply idling and needlessly wasting electricity.
Depending on the types of systems you’re running, you can typically operate the same systems with only 1/5 of the space needed for individual servers. And your energy costs can be reduced by 50% or more.
Rather than buying a new piece of new hardware to host a new server, consider reducing the burden on your datacenter facilities by consolidating your existing systems and adding this new server as a virtual machine.
This way, you can save money and help the environment while extending the life of your existing datacenter.