A new Symantec study of data centre trends in Global 2000 enterprises and public sector institutions have revealed widespread interest in green data centre adoption. According to the Symantec Green Data Centre report, conducted in September 2007 by Ziff Davis Enterprise, nearly three quarters of the respondents expressed interest in green data strategies, while one in seven confirmed they have already implemented green data centres.
The study defines green data centres as having increased efficiencies in energy usage, power consumption, space utilisation and reduction of polluting energy sources.
“Data centre managers are running out of space and energy costs are skyrocketing, so they are motivated to ‘green’ the data centre for cost reduction and efficiency purposes,” said Mark Bregman, executive vice president, chief technology officer, Symantec. “The report findings indicate that cost savings and constant business pressure to maintain performance and meet increasingly aggressive service level agreements are the main reasons for implementing many green strategies. For them it is beyond environmental concerns – it is about meeting business goals and reducing costs.”
The implementation of new energy management software, including server consolidation and virtualization, secured the most votes as “green” technology, while more energy efficiency CPUs came second. Equipment replacement, recycling, power management and optimising space usage were also cited as green initiatives by the respondents.
Symantec’s Green Data Centre report is a companion study to the company’s State of the Data Centre report. A total of 77 data centre managers were interviewed for the study while 800 data centre managers completed the online survey.
Category: Data centres