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  • IT Best Practices - Holding IT Accountable for Energy Costs

    Holding IT Accountable for Energy Costs

    Rising energy costs are creating new pressures on IT managers to lower the amount of energy consumed by data centers. Yet, surprisingly, nearly half of IT organizations are not held accountable for energy costs in their IT budgets. This article analyzes current practices in IT budgeting for power and cooling costs, looks at two key concepts for assessing the return on investment from more energy-efficient data center technologies, and suggests ways in which IT mangers could actually benefit from having utilities charged to the IT budget. (4 pp., 4 figs.)[Executive Summary]

    March, 2008

  • Technology Trends - Resolving the Data Center Power and Cooling Crisis

    Resolving the Data Center Power and Cooling Crisis

    This article investigates the current crisis in data center power and cooling and provides recommendations for resolving it. It provides forecasts of computer power usage and energy costs and identifies the sources of demand for power in the data center. Unfortunately, common practices of data center managers often worsen the problem. Finally, we outline new approaches that organizations can take to gain control over power and cooling requirements. (3 pp., 2 figs.)[Executive Summary]

    May, 2007