An oxymoron? Data center consolidation is expanding
Survey finds growing efforts at energy conservation
- By David Hubler
- Nov 10, 2010
Consolidation of data centers is growing, according to a new the survey, which found that 79 percent of respondents work for organizations that have or are developing a data center consolidation plan.
More than three-quarters of government IT managers have or are developing an energy efficiency plan and are familiar with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star rating system for their data centers, according to the 2010 Energy Efficient IT Report by CDW.
However, just 17 percent of those surveyed said they currently track the EPA program’s core measurement, Power Usage Effectiveness, or PUE.
The annual survey canvassed federal, state and local government agencies as well as mid-size and large businesses to determine where energy efficiencies rank among their IT priorities and what steps they are taking to improve efficiency.
Among federal respondents developing a data center consolidation strategy, the number one driver is reduced energy consumption (64 percent), followed by reduced expenditures on data center hardware, software, and operations (55 percent) and improved IT security (54 percent).
The survey, conducted by O’Keeffe and Co., for CDW, identified two big barriers to greater energy efficiency efforts: senior management assigning higher priorities to other areas and a lack of attention to energy usage costs.
CDW Government LLC., of Vernon Hills, Ill., ranks No. 52 on Washington Technology’s 2010 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.
David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.