August 01, 2012 // By: Heather McIlvaine // 4 Years, 10 Trends
Fitting in nicely with the trend of the infinite data center, resource management is going to become a critical issue for companies in coming years. As Paquet points out, data centers can consume 100 times more energy than the offices they support. It no longer matters whether the motive is to be green or just to save money, in the near future, all companies will need to look for ways to cut energy costs and better manage resources.
To do so, organizations should make sure to keep two things in mind. First, they should consider the ratio of computing power to energy consumption. It may be worth it to purchase a new server if you can get more power for the same amount of energy use. Second, they should look at the amount of work being done in the data center. Energy efficiency isn’t just determined by the amount of energy a data center consumes for power and cooling; it also depends on the output. If a data center is full of servers running at minimum or low capacity, then no amount of liquid cooling will improve efficiency.