IT Management Slideshow: Saving Money By Cutting Data Center Energy Costs

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-11-2012

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52% of organizations have asked IT to reduce energy costs.

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Just 42% of companies are providing incentives for IT departments to reduce energy costs.

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54% of companies either have or are developing programs and strategies to manage power demand and energy consumption in data-center operations.

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75% of organizations with a program to manage data-center power demand have reduced IT energy costs within data-center operations.

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62% of survey participants say that cloud computing is an energy-efficient approach to data-center consolidation, up from 47% in 2010.

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64% of survey respondents say they need an objective assessment of power and energy usage within IT, including a cost-benefit analysis of making improvements.

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61% of survey participants say they'd like to see a clear set of industry standards that would define what constitutes energy-efficient IT equipment in the data center.

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61% of survey respondents would like to have the ability to more easily identify energy-efficient equipment options.

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Top Methods for Reducing Power Demand in Data Center:

• Virtualization of servers/storage (as cited by 65% of survey respondents)• Consolidation of servers (60%)• Implementation of hardware with low-power/low-wattage processors (46%)• Deploying Energy Star devices (44%)• Using more power-efficient networking equipment (31%)

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Biggest Barriers to Reducing Energy Usage in IT:

• Too little budget for new, efficient systems (as cited by 56% of survey respondents)• Senior management places higher priority on other investments (50%)• No way to isolate and measure energy usage in IT (46%)

Biggest Barriers to Reducing Energy Usage in IT: