Businesses are failing to think about the electricity used up by their data storage systems, a survey carried out at London’s 2006 Storage Expo by Hitachi Data Systems has revealed.
Earlier this month, industry analyst Gartner warned that energy costs could soar to more than half of overall IT budgets in the next few years.
But the survey of 300 visitors found that while nearly half the respondents were storing more than 10 terabytes of data, almost the same number either did not consider or did not know the impact of this on their organisation’s energy consumption
Most respondents estimated their company’s annual data growth at between 20% and 40%, with four out of ten of those surveyed planning a new storage project within the next three months.
Hitachi Data Systems UK sales director Andrew Wilson said, “While customers are actively looking at storage more strategically, our survey shows this strategic approach to storage does not yet consider environmental policy or increasing energy consumption as a factor.”