The Business Value of Green Data Centers

Evidence from IDC’s Business Value research indicates that efforts to reduce energy use do help companies save money and improve IT service levels. Datacenter energy efficiency improvements such as consolidation through virtualization have delivered strong value for businesses, helping them not only reduce energy use but also reduce server costs per user by almost 40%. In addition to allowing firms to decrease the number of servers they need by over 50% – providing attractive “consolidation” savings – virtualization as a green solution reduces energy consumption and GHG emissions and also provides companies with the means to avoid application shutdowns when and if servers fail, reducing server outage hours per year by over 35%. Virtualization eases the backup process, which in turn allows IT staff to back up more databases. This then results in more applications with restart and recovery capabilities. In fact, all of these goals interrelate and correlate.

This white paper presents IDC’s findings on both the green and the business dividends that consolidation via virtualization delivers. The second part presents a view of more advanced green and business value solutions, including more efficient power and cooling solutions. Click here to down load this white paper.

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About the Author

Kevin Normandeau, is a veteran of the technology publishing industry having worked at a variety of technology sites including PC World; AOL Computing; Network World; and International Data Group (IDG). Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. When he is not in front of the computer (which is most of the time) he likes to get out to ski, hike and mountain bike.