RESEARCH & RESOURCES

Six Tips for Sustainable, Efficient Data Centers

Webinar Abstract
Practices for so-called green computing, sustainable IT, or green data centers vary tremendously. Some organizations simply tidy up the data center by consolidating a few redundant servers. Others have broken ground to construct new data center facilities that are green from the ground up. Most programs fall between these two extremes, where an existing data center is treated to numerous system consolidations and retrofitted with ecologically friendly computer hardware and cooling systems.

With recent climate changes and data center electricity consumption doubling every five years (according to an Energy Star study), it’s no surprise that many businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions are applying green and sustainability concepts to their data centers—for both ecological and economic reasons.

You will learn:
Now that you care, how can you kick-start a program for green computing? Here are six goals that can guide most initiatives:

  • System consolidation is one of the cornerstones of green computing
  • Virtualization is a viable alternative to the consolidation of some servers
  • Power-efficient hardware is the other cornerstone of green computing
  • Corporate and IT governance provide executive sponsorship and structured processes
  • Green computing reduces both business cost and ecological impact
  • Ideally, it also reduces IT’s real estate footprint and infrastructure complexity

Philip Russom, Ph.D.

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