It is estimated that by 2014, data centers will consume 2% to 3% of the energy produced globally. That is a staggering statistic, especially since the number is on the rise. For the teams that must manage, and pay for, the operation of those data centers, power and cooling costs have become significant portions of the budget.
If you’re like most professionals in the data center world, you’re looking for ways to improve energy efficiency. There are contrasting approaches being taken to achieve this goal, of course. Some IT teams are taking matters into their own hands, deploying meters and logging energy consumption at various times and under various workloads.