US Data Centers May Be Forced To Green Their Operations: They're Running Out Of Space And Looking For A Reason To Expand
ONStor, Inc., the leading provider of scalable clustered NAS solutions for the enterprise, today announced results from an independent survey of 369 IT decision makers regarding the status of the "greening" of their data centers. Sixty-three percent [63%] of the respondents reported that their data center had run out of space, power or cooling capacity without warning.
Another alarming statistic was that although the power consumption of an enterprise's data center is massive, 40 percent of respondents have not discussed a green initiative within their company; 60 percent reported that they had a green initiative in place, would have one in place in the next two years, or had at least talked about it with management.
Other significant results from the survey:
-- At their current data growth rate, 43 percent of respondents
could stay in their current infrastructure for only six months
to one year if they changed nothing
-- 24 percent reported that the cost and time of building another
data center is the most serious issue driving the reduction of
data infrastructure power consumption
-- Nearly 40 percent would go green if doing so resulted in 20-50
percent cost savings
-- More than one third would go green for 10-20 percent cost
-- Half of respondents favor service-level agreements (SLAs) and
chargebacks to IT disciplines for power and capacity
consumption, but only half of them either have implemented these
policies or know they will be doing so
-- 11 percent report interest in creating a chief energy officer
position in their organization
TreeHugger comment: If I were in the supply chain for data center construction and capital equipment that was more energy efficient, I would be getting ready for a major marketing push.