Hewlett-Packard has developed server rack technology that it claims can reduce datacentre electricity costs by 40%.
Power is one of the largest costs for datacentre operations. Analyst firm Gartner has estimated that average annual electricity costs range from £319,000 to more than £22m.
The Bladesystem C-Class rack provides active management of electricity usage to control the amount of power consumed by each blade in a server rack. Cooling is also automated to minimise fan usage.
Jonathan King, industry standard server business development manager at HP said the approach could reduce electricity costs by as much as 40%. From measurements with an HP beta user, running costs were 60p per minute - or £316,000 per year. A 40% reduction would cut the annual electricity bill by £126,000.
HP’s vision is to offer the c-Class rack as a scalable platform which would allow users to add blades, network attached storage and even build a Superdome or NonStop server, module by module.
See Gartner research paper on the website on 27 June 2006