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Server consolidation is saving energy costs

Companies are realising as much as 50% savings in energy costs in their datacentres when they consolidate servers through virtualisation technology, says a new report from Info-Tech Research Group.
 
The recent study of enterprises implementing virtualisation finds that businesses can significantly reduce air conditioning and power consumption overall. This move will be beneficial to enterprises and to communities under pressure to meet mounting energy needs.

“With increased emphasis in North America on reducing power consumption, virtualisation in datacentres can have a significant impact on energy demands and resulting cost to corporations,” comments Matt Brudzynski, senior research analyst at Info-Tech.

“Energy is one of the primary drivers of server related costs, since the cost of hardware has trended down while the cost of electricity continues to rise.”

Info-Tech’s Impact Research Report, The Business Case in Virtualisation, also finds that most companies have been able to extend the life of their operating facilities by reducing the number of physical servers through virtualisation.
 
“Companies that have deployed virtualisation have been able to avoid the $10m server,” reveals Brudzynski. “In many cases, by combining virtualised machines with a specific type of server called the Blade server, equipment space is greatly reduced and costly datacentre expansions or moves can be avoided.”
 
Info-Tech Research Group recommends that companies explore how they can leverage virtual technologies to reduce energy costs and lengthen the lifecycle of their physical facilities.


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