Virtualization: The Best Initiative to Alleviate the Power Crisis in the Data Center

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With average CPU utilization hovering in the single digits, most data centers are spending thousands of dollars to power systems that are idle. Learn how organizations can use virtualization to significantly increase utilization and reduce power consumption through consolidation and dynamic resource and power management. You may not control a power plant or national policy, but you control your data center. You can make a positive impact on the environment, while cutting costs for your company. Learn more.

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Virtualization: The Best Initiative to Alleviate the Power Crisis in the Data Center

  1. 1. Virtualization: The Best Initiative to Alleviate the Power Crisis in the Data Center John Gilmartin, VMware Jake Seitz, First American
  2. 2. Agenda The Data Center Climate Crisis The Economic and Environmental Impact of Server Consolidation Ongoing Optimization of Power Consumption 2
  3. 3. Today’s Model is Broken (Over)sizing of capacity upfront Applications sentenced to servers for life, low flexibility Servers spend life bored, underutilized Yet servers consume >50% of average power when idle Servers are getting smaller but consume more power Datacenters are outdated and hugely inefficient 3
  4. 4. Datacenter Energy Use Will Continue to Rise Source: EPA report to Congress on Data Center Energy Efficiency, July 2007 4

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