[kwlug-disc] [OT] linux server power
opengeometry at yahoo.ca
Thu Jan 27 20:25:21 EST 2011
On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 08:08:34PM -0500, Insurance Squared Inc. wrote:
> OK, I slid the linux part in there :).
> My wife just brought in an electrician to tell us why our electricity
> costs at home are so high. He came up with a bunch of different things,
> but one of the potential culprits are the two computers running in the
> basement. One's an old Dell tower server that runs our Voip phones.
> The other is a web/database/backup server running on an older HP
Harddisks are around 10W. No video. So, what's the spec on
- power supply -- old ones are notorious for efficiency.
- cpu -- 45W is better than 125W.
> A quick back of the napkin estimate from the electrician indicated the
> two machines might be costing me 30+ bucks a month in hydro alone.
> Step one is I think to replace both machines with something newer and
> more efficient (hopefully without losing speed).
You can consolidate them into one.
> Are there any tricks/suggestions for lowering power costs on hardware,
> and on linux servers specifically? i.e. my voip server needs to be live
> 8 to 8, but outside that could probably be dormant except if triggered
> by an incoming call. A wake on incoming phone call might help.
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