Data Centers Getting Bigger—and Leaner

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-03-2013 Email

With big data getting only bigger, there's no slowdown in the expansion of data-center operations for enterprises throughout the world, according to a recently released research from the Uptime Institute. The resulting "2013 Data Center Industry Survey" indicates that—while facilities continue to increase capacity—data centers remain relatively lean with respect to efficiency. In fact, few servers within the buildings are "comatose," or inactive to the point where they should be removed. Survey respondents also consider the reduction of energy consumption to be a top priority. However, a surprisingly high number of respondents do not monitor their sites' power usage effectiveness (PUE). That seems a bit paradoxical, given that PUE is often considered the industry-preferred metric for measuring infrastructure energy efficiency for data centers. Also of note: A number of CEOs and other heavyweight execs apparently give a collective shrug to the oversight of these facilities, as many organizations do not conduct any regular reporting to the C-Suite. An estimated 1,000 tech professionals, including CIOs, executives and managers, and facilities managers, took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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