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Drive Down Data Center Costs with Benchmarking

February 28, 2024

For data centers, cost-effectiveness is not just an aspiration but necessity. Benchmarking is a powerful tool, offering a path to reduced data center costs. By comparing operational metrics to internal and external peers as well as industry standards, benchmarking sheds light on how to streamline operations and foster a more sustainable data center footprint.

The Cost of Running Data Centers

With electricity prices soaring and environmental regulations tightening, finding ways to reduce energy usage and operational expenses is crucial for the longevity and competitiveness of data centers.

Benchmarking for Data Center Cost Reduction

Benchmarking allows data center managers to analyze their operational costs in comparison to similar organizations. This process identifies areas where costs can be trimmed without compromising performance.

Data centers can save money by analyzing what is driving costs and comparing them to industry averages. They can then implement specific strategies to reduce costs.

Rising data center costs 2023 Uptime Institute
As data center costs in energy and labor continue to rise, analyzing your operational costs in comparison to your peers can help identify areas where costs can be trimmed without compromising performance. (Uptime Institute)

Strategic Planning with Benchmarking Insights

Armed with benchmarking data, data centers can make strategic plans to upgrade to more energy-efficient technologies, adjust resource allocation, and even renegotiate infrastructure contracts. These plans are rooted in concrete data, ensuring that investments are strategic and impactful.

Overcoming Obstacles with Benchmarking

Despite the benefits, integrating benchmarking into operational strategy can be challenging. It requires a commitment to ongoing measurement and analysis, as well as a willingness to adapt and change longstanding practices to decisions made with data-driven insights.

For innovative data centers seeking to be more effective and efficient, benchmarking is more than a buzzword; it’s a strategic ally in the quest for cost reduction and energy efficiency in data center operations. By measuring, comparing, and acting on benchmarking insights, data centers can not only reduce costs but also contribute to a more sustainable operational model. Embrace benchmarking as a cornerstone of your data center’s strategy for a more efficient and cost-effective future.

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