Climbing energy costs will eventually cripple IT if changes are not made, but there appears to be plenty of room for increased efficiencies.
Climbing energy costs will eventually cripple IT if changes are not made, but there appears to be plenty of room for increased efficiencies.The next generation of data centers will have 300 percent more capacity in 60 percent less space-and they'll have to, as management realizes where the trend in power consumption is taking us.
Or so says market research firm Gartner, pointing out that that at current growth rates the energy costs of an x86 server will exceed the cost of that server within three years. A 40kw rack could cost $5,400 per server per year.
The old slap-dash days must end, where x86 servers had 12 percent utilization while still running hot, and IT handled the power and heat issues by spreading the hardware thinly in the racks and in the room and then installing more cooling, Gartner says.
Gartner is preaching maximum virtualization, of course, but is also suggesting rack and row cooling to allow denser equipment levels, smarter floor layouts in terms of air movement, right-sizing, and air economizers.
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
2017 State of IT ReportIn today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.