The Shifting Mix of Data Center Costs

October, 2007


Understanding trends in data center costs is key to managing data center spending. For example, IT executives know that hardware costs are declining. But by how much? And what about other costs, such as software, personnel, and facilities? Is the long-term trend up or down? This article examines the major categories of data center cost for Unix and Windows servers on a per-unit basis for the years 2002 through 2006. It also analyzes how these costs have been changing and makes recommendations based on these trends. (3 pp., 4 figs.)
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