How IT Plans to Add More Green to Data Centers

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-17-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How IT Plans to Add More ‘Green’ to Data Centers

    As IT managers experience power and cooling issues within their data centers, DCIM systems provide insight into running a more efficient data center.
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    Unplugged

    44% of IT managers say they experience data center power issues at least weekly, and 8% of those managers say they do so daily.
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    Chilling Out
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    Chilling Out

    37% say they experience data center cooling issues at least weekly, and 7% of those managers do so daily.
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    Management Solution

    53% say they use data center infrastructure management (DCIM) systems.
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    Seasoned Response

    62% of IT managers with at least 10 years of experience say they use DCIM systems, compared to just 44% of those with less than 10 years of experience.
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    Top DCIM Benefits
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    Top DCIM Benefits

    Lower costs: 75%, Allocation of more servers in the same amount of space: 65%, "Greener" data centers: 64%
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    62% deploy power-management tools for their data center operations, and 51% take advantage of detailed power monitoring solutions. Meanwhile, 54% plan to improve the monitoring of their power usage.
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    55% plan to reduce data center energy consumption via support infrastructure, and 45% are seeking to reduce idle resource energy usage.
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    Heat Is On

    40% raise the ambient air temperatures of their data centers to save on cooling costs.
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    Power Play

    36% want to add additional power capacity to address power issues.
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    56% measure and budget power and cooling capacity at the rack level in evaluating the power/cooling impact of adding servers.
 

A significant share of IT managers say they routinely deal with data center power issues, according to a recent survey from Intel and Dell. Nearly as many experience data center cooling issues on a regular basis as well. As a result, a majority are turning to data center infrastructure management (DCIM) systems to address these challenges. In the process, they're finding that DCIM enables them to run data centers in a more environmentally friendly way, improving the monitoring of power usage while reducing idle resource energy consumption. (Leading, of course, to cost savings.) Another benefit: improved use of available server space. "A large portion of IT managers are experiencing power and cooling issues within their data centers on a weekly basis," said Jeff Klaus, GM of Data Center Solutions at Intel. "While DCIM solutions are becoming more prevalent within the enterprise, the findings indicate that more education on the value and necessity of DCIM solutions is crucial to the industry." More than 150 IT managers took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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