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Energy Efficient Data Center and Cloud Computing

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Data Center Efficiency and Optimization

Data center managers will face a lot of challenges over the next few years. In many facilities, three pressing problems need to be solved in the immediate future: limited power, increasing cooling demands, and space constraints.

The growing urgency of power and cooling problems is apparent to anyone who has been operating a data center over the last 10 years. Power and cooling are becoming as expensive as the IT equipment itself. In fact, power and cooling-driven utility bills now represent 25 percent to 40 percent of the operational expenditures in most data centers.

What about space? Consider that corporate data is expected to increase by 650 percent in just five years, from 2009 to 2015.1 The electronic containers for that data—files, images, packets, and tag contents—are growing 50 percent faster than the data itself. 2.5 billion users will connect to the Internet over the next five years, with more than 10 billion devices. This will require eight times the amount of storage capacity, 16 times the network capacity, and more than 20 times the current compute capacity by 2015.

Figures like these may seem overwhelming, but they cannot be ignored, especially given the sobering cost of building new data centers. Construction costs are projected to exceed $1,000 per square foot or $40,000 per rack.

Obviously it’s time to look for new efficiencies within the data center to help stave off the power limitations, cooling issues, and high cost of adding new space. With 81 percent of IT managers saying they will exceed capacity for power or space in the next five years, there’s no time to waste. Additional sources of data and points of control are needed to get the most out of every watt consumed within the entire facility.

Read the full Data Center Efficiency and Optimization paper.