Cutting Energy Costs in the Data Center:11 Best Practices
As organizations look ahead to 2011, cost cutting will likely be at the top of IT leaders' priority lists once again. Sometimes overlooked in favor of shorter-term cuts, investments in energy efficiency strategies and lower consumption products can make a big difference in the bottom line. According to current EPA figures, data centers that deliver services such as data storage, communications and Internet accessibility currently account for 1.5 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption, costing businesses $4.5 billion annually. In June the EPA predicted that amount will double in the next five years. This week CDW recently released a report detailing the energy saving habits of more than 750 IT professionals. The following 10 strategies are a collection of best practices observed by successful organizations, as well as recommendations offered by the report based on the most current gaps in current practices. Channel providers who can implement these strategies within their own data centers and in customer environments stand to add significant value through better cost containment.