Sunday, January 3, 2010

Study Finds Servers Waste $25B a Year

One of the biggest causes of energy and information technology (IT) operational waste is millions of servers at the world’s largest IT departments that don’t do anything useful, according to a new global server study.
As a result, U.S. businesses will need to consider making energy-efficient changes, including the implementation of power-saving tools, in the face of several pending global climate change policies and initiatives, including the U.S. climate bill, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s data center initiative and global climate talks in Copenhagen, according to study researchers.

The study, conducted by Kelton Research and commissioned by 1E and the Alliance to Save Energy, reveals that 4.7 million servers globally are wasting $25 billion annually. According to 72 percent of survey respondents, 15 percent or more of their servers are not doing anything useful, and over eight in ten (83 percent) admit that they do not have an adequate understanding of server utilization.

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