Why care about reducing energy in the data center?


Data centers are the backbone of a company’s IT infrastructure. They can also be the most energy-intensive component of your IT operations.

  • The amount of electricity consumed by U.S. data centers doubled between 2000 and 2006 and is expected to double again by 2011, according to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • A typical 50,000-square-foot data center consumes about 57 barrels of oil per day.
  • About 40 percent of the power used by data centers goes to cooling, according to several estimates. About 60 percent of that expense is wasted, because data center heat distribution is extremely erratic, and spot cooling is complicated.


  • By 2009, energy costs will become the 2nd highest cost in the Data Center.
  • The cost to power a server will soon equal its purchase price.
  • Analyst firm IDC states that the un-utilized server capacity in North America equates to approximately:
    • $140 billion
    • 3 years supply of hardware
    • More than 20 million servers

Security & Risk

One of the most important challenges facing datacenters today is power availability.

  • During the next 5 years, 90% of all companies will experience some kind of power disruption. In that same time period, one in four companies will also experience a serious business disruption.
  • The EPA estimates that data centers eat up about 1.5 percent of all electricity in the United States and that nearly a quarter of that power is wasted.

About Bill McCluskey

Bill is on the HP Presales Team at Softchoice for servers, storage and networking. He is on the Green Team to share insights on the benefits and cost savings green IT offers.