The document entitled, "Report to Congress on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency," presents some key facts of interest to managers:
- "data centers consumed about 60 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2006, roughly 1.5 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption"
- "existing technologies and strategies could reduce typical server energy use by an estimated 25 percent, with even greater energy savings possible with advanced technologies"
Investing in efficient technology or a professional assessment of the thermal and electrical weaknesses of your data center could be costly, but so are the energy and equipment inefficiencies that are likely lurking there. And so are are system failures. A survey conducted by Emerson found that "38 percent of large businesses estimate that a full business day of downtime could generate $500,000 in lost revenue," and "sixty percent of respondents expect to have at least one power outage in the following year."
If your data center is leaking energy, it is also leaking dollars. An investment in new technology or a professional assessment of your system's weaknesses, could save you money in the long term. Plus it's not bad for the environment.