The spotlight has been on data center efficiency for more than
five years now. Yet, inefficient technologies dominate most
facilities, utilization rates remain surprisingly low, and it often
takes three weeks and six people to make the simplest
decision or change.
The business impact of those inefficiencies goes well beyond
the cost of electricity, although that is becoming increasingly
significant. Reducing energy and operational costs by half in a
Identifying the Biggest IT Resource Drains
Map Your Minutes
If you are one of the more than 70 percent of organizations still working
toward the highest tier of data center performance efficiency, ask why. Are you
spending more time and resources on day-to-day operations and less on new
projects than you’d like? Most organizations aren’t in that position because of
management direction, but because they’re constantly fighting fires. When
there are constant operational issues to address, carving out planning time
requires extraordinary measures. Without planning, you’ll never get to a better
balance of “keeping the lights on” vs. innovating.
Planning starts with knowing what you have. Assess your people and your
environment. Where are non-value added activities? Maybe network problems
are requiring constant urgent fixes. Fixes maintain value but they don’t add
value. Bring in an expert, correct the issue once and for all. Maybe it’s outside
your network expert’s skill set. Outsourcing facilities management might fix
that problem. Maybe your people are chronically getting pulled into
extraneous meetings. You can fix that.
Assess Your Assets
Few companies truly have a handle on their assets. If you had to support the
divestiture of a business tomorrow, would you know what IT assets go with it,
physically, virtually and from the cloud? If a company courted yours for
potential acquisition, would you know how to present your IT assets?
What do you have in place today – how old are servers, what applications are
they running, how often are they used? What power and cooling assets
support what servers? Do you have an up-to-date map of your physical layout,
virtual layout, and know who owns the assets? Could you confidently discuss
your workload efficiency?
midsize data center, a realistic goal with current technologies,
can save millions annually.
But the bigger cost may be in the area of agility. An inefficient
IT infrastructure is less able to respond to the demands of the
business it serves, and that can be crippling. The first step in
rectifying that situation is identifying the systems and processes
that are draining the energy, both electrical and human, out of
your data center.
Optimizing a mid-size data center using technologies
widely available today and no heroic measures could
shave $1.5 million annually. (Source: Energy Logic 2.0)
In a study of an enterprise data center by Intel, older
servers consumed 60 percent of the energy but
delivered only 4 percent of performance. (Source:
Energy Logic 2.0)
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Insight Studies show:
On average, data center managers use atleast four
different software platforms to manage their physical
Fifty-six percent of data center managers produce more
than three operational reports each month, with 19
percent producing more than six. These reports take
about three hours a month, with some managers
spending more than five hours.
The average data center uses 62 percent of available
On average, data centers purchase critical
infrastructure equipment from five different vendors.