Data Storage: 10 Best Practices for Power Management in the Latest Data Centers

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-02-23 Print this article Print
10 Best Practices for Power Management in the Latest Data Centers

10 Best Practices for Power Management in the Latest Data Centers

by Chris Preimesberger
With the storage and data center systems industries struggling to keep up with huge data growth rates and rising electrical power costs, there is mounting concern among IT managers about a substantial list of related issues. Attention is now being focused on data center designs of the future, with greater efficiency goals driving the new plans. The industry realizes that energy consumption by data centers is at an all-time high. Electricity now represents 25 percent to 40 percent of the operational expenditures in most data centers. It's been reported that the cost to power a server over its useful life exceeds the original capital expenditure of all the hardware and physical properties. Another big problem is based on Gartner's estimate that on average up to 30 percent of available power is left unused or stranded. In response to this, Brad Wurtz, president and CEO of Santa Clara, Calif.-based data center optimization provider
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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