Seattle Data Center Insiders Offer Tips to Reduce Operation Costs

At CApRE’s recent Seattle Data Center Summit, we convened a panel of international experts in data center operations and management to offer strategies for reducing cost without increasing risk. To kick off the discussion, we asked the panel -- What are some examples of things your firm is doing to reduce costs within your data center? Do you see major differences between new and old data centers? Cindy Joos, Vice President – Global Shared Services, Cyxtera Technologies. "From the Cyxtera side of the house, we’ve looked at our maintenance standards, obviously," she replied. "With old data centers, we believe you have to keep your maintenance up, but you don’t want to over-maintain it. So we have standardized across all of the different environments. Obviously, we have a lot of different environments coming in through acquisitions. But for the same or similar environments, we make sure that everyone is doing the same kind of maintenance and not doing too much. So we keep up with it and we stabilize with it. Next was Rick Noji, Director of Business Operations, Green House Data. "One of the things we are looking at is what maintenance we have to do at night, and what maintenance we can get away with during the day without any of our customers affected," he offered. "And if we do end up doing our maintenance during the day, we’ll of course notify customers, but I think that has made…