Condition monitoring for the improvement of data center management orientated to the Green ICT

  • J. F. Gómez Fernández
  • F. J. Álvarez Padilla
  • L. Fumagalli
  • V. González Díaz
  • M. Macchi
  • A. Crespo Márquez
Conference paper


Nowadays society is worried about the environmental conservation. Therefore, it is crucial to take advantage of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and maintenance knowledge to guide the evolution of maintenance management toward energy efficiency. Many researches focus their attention on the savings concerning steam consumption or oil consumption in huge plants of process industries. Nevertheless, even if in such kind of environment the savings are large, in other industrial context the savings are related to other kinds of equipments, not concerned with steam production, oil consumption, movement of pressured air, etc. In particular, looking at the exponentially progress of Information and Communication Technologies, it is worth noticing that, unfortunately, the consumption of power has increased for the electronic devices as well. Even if more efficient electronic devices are available, they are used in a major number than in the past and so the total consumption of energy related to these equipments has increased. To improve the energy efficiency of industrial electronic devices it is necessary to monitor, not only the main equipment under analysis, but also the entire infrastructure that surrounds and supports the main equipment. In industrial environment one of the main centre of power consumption can be the Data Centres (DC) for data elaboration. To this end there are some standards and best practices on power consumption recently established. Systems as SCADA and different sensors can provide information to optimize the maintenance avoiding short circuits and reducing the consumption [1], [2]. This paper presents an overview of these standards and best practices and then proposes a practical case to demonstrate the possibility to save energy in this application. The case represents an action research activity. In the action research, first of all quick wins were achieved, based on the savings of energy in the infrastructure that surrounds and supports the main equipment. This represents a first phase of improvement of the system. A second phase of improvement is then represented by the implementation of a SCADA system to monitor the status of the equipments in the data center.


Power Consumption Electric Power Research Institute Simple Network Management Protocol Main Equipment SCADA System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. F. Gómez Fernández
    • 1
  • F. J. Álvarez Padilla
    • 1
  • L. Fumagalli
    • 2
  • V. González Díaz
    • 1
  • M. Macchi
    • 2
  • A. Crespo Márquez
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Industrial Management, School of EngineeringUniversity of SevilleSevilleSpain
  2. 2.Department of Management, Economics and Industrial EngineeringPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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