In the corporate environment this energy shortage is equally apparent. Increasingly, IT managers are being told there is no more electricity available for their data centre, forcing organisations to relocate it to accommodate their continuing growth or to look at other strategies to reduce power consumption.
A moderate-sized data centre with 100 servers and 10 terabytes of networked storage uses 1300 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy a year. It is estimated that data centres represent 2% of global energy consumption; about the same as all the world's airlines combined. With ever increasing demands on IT, how do organisations rationalise energy consumption in the data centre while accommodating growth?
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