Enterprises have plenty of incentives to reduce their data center power consumption. Excessive power consumption is bad for the environment, but the cost goes directly to the bottom line. Data center managers have to get power consumption costs under control now because otherwise the problem will just keep getting worse.
IT market research firm IDC estimated that from 2011 to 2012 alone the volume of digital content grew 48 percent to 2.7 zettabytes, which is equal to 1,000 exabytes. The incredible daily creation of data on the Web—and from all other sources—ensures that data volumes will just keep growing on this scale.
Data center managers can take a number of steps, some of which don’t involve the installation of sophisticated new computer technology. However, it certainly helps to keep updating your server inventory with the latest servers that are designed to be as power-stingy as possible.
This infographic shows, for example, how enterprises can save a significant amount of power and money just by raising the thermostat a single degree. Take a close look at the five ways to slash your data center power bill illustrated here.