How Idle Servers Cost $30 Billion

How Idle Servers Cost $30 Billion

How Idle Servers Cost $30 BillionHow Idle Servers Cost $30 Billion

By Karen A. Frenkel

Wasted CapitalWasted Capital

The estimated 10 million comatose servers translate into $30 billion in unproductive data center capital (assuming an average server cost of $3,000 and ignoring infrastructure capital and operating costs).

Call for More MeasurementCall for More Measurement

These findings support the idea that ongoing measurement and management of companies’ IT infrastructure is needed to optimize performance, energy use and ROI.

Potential SavingsPotential Savings

Removing idle servers would result in 4 gigawatts in reductions in global IT load. Displaced power could then support new IT loads that deliver business value and innovations.

Why Powered Up Servers Sit IdleWhy Powered Up Servers Sit Idle

Servers remain on because it’s not known what they’re doing at any given time. People figure that if they are not useful today, they will probably be used tomorrow. But years can go by without them processing transactions.

Server RedundancyServer Redundancy

How much redundancy is too much? Today, much redundancy can be eliminated because it’s built into the app, as opposed to the infrastructure supporting it. Analytics today allow for plant capacity.

Farms Vs. the CloudFarms Vs. the Cloud

With server analytics, companies can determine whether it is more cost efficient to run a transaction in their own data center or in the cloud. If you only do payroll bimonthly, it may make sense to contract the farm and offload background transactions to the cloud when you’re not doing payroll, for example.

Server Huggers Need ManagementServer Huggers Need Management

In business, people insist on having their own servers because that makes them feel more secure. In academia, servers are purchased according to grant allocations and budget lines, which can result in a huge capital investment doing nothing. That’s a management problem.

Look at Upstream TrafficLook at Upstream Traffic

Data center operators should look at upstream traffic or user access information per server from central IT management, virtualization and workload distribution systems. This identifies IT resources not doing useful work so that they can be decommissioned without adding risk to the business.

Just-in-Time Servers Decrease Licensing FeesJust-in-Time Servers Decrease Licensing Fees

Using servers only when needed does not just save power. It frees up capacity and results in fewer licensing fees for software.

Tease Apps ApartTease Apps Apart

Server analytics enable you to know how apps are broken down and track how they’re processed on computers and when.

Server Analytics Is a No BrainerServer Analytics Is a No Brainer

“If you can make improvements without changing what you do, save money, increase capacity, and it’s good for the environment, why would you not do it?” asked TSO’s Aaron Rallo.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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