The best things about having a home server is that you have a network that allows you to handle computing, storage and sharing of your files, no matter what devices you are using. However, to fully maximize your Home Server, you would want to keep it on 24/7. Can you imagine how that would impact your electricity costs?
So how can you get all the benefits of your Home Server without getting a mild heart attack when you see your electric utility bill? Here are three ways:
1. Use Solid State Drives.
IBM has said that SSD drives are far better than conventional hard disk drives, operating close to 100% capacity. SSD drives also have a lower carbon footprint and tend to save on energy consumption. SSDs, however, are more expensive that HDDs. Still, with all the time and energy you save in the long run, it is worth paying the higher price tag.
How does using SSD help you save energy? Performance-wise, you would need to have a lot of HDDs to get the same level of performance as an SSD. Because you are using fewer SSDs, you save more energy.
2. Set up the Energy Saver Feature.
Servers often stay up so that your connected clients could use its services. These connected clients are listed on your monitored host list. When you turn on or enable your server’s energy saver feature, it will power off or suspend its services until you wake it up. For example, if you have a PC and a smartphone on your list of connected devices, the server will constantly monitor if these devices are turned on. If both your smartphone and PC is turned off, the server box will shut down.
This will help you avoid having your homer server constantly running even when there are no devices that are actively connected to it. Energy Savers will also ensure that your box stays on if the shares on your server are accessed.
3. Use energy-efficient hard drives.
This may sound like a repeat of the SSD vs. HDD item, but it really is not. We are talking about using advanced technology in hard drives to help you save energy. Take a look at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and WD Greenpower Series. These hard drives can help you cut up to 40% from your electricity bills.
For home servers, we recommend Western Digital’s WD Red. WD Red is specifically designed for NAS systems found in most home servers. The best thing with WD Red is that it uses innovative technology not only to up its performance but also help you decrease power consumption.
So these are the top three ways to make your home server power-efficient.
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