Emerson Network Power, a unit of the Emerson conglomerate released a survey of data center managers focusing on power, cooling, and space requirements...all reaching critical limits.
A few interesting tidbits:
- 96 percent of current facilities are projected to be at their capacity by 2011
- 40 percent of respondents citing either heat density or power density as the biggest issue they are facing
- 56 percent of respondents having either completed, or being in the process of consolidating data centers
- Respondents perceived the greatest opportunities for energy efficiency to be in the areas of cooling equipment (49 percent), servers (46 percent), power equipment (39 percent) and storage (21 percent)
Power, space, and cooling are part of the megatrends for 2007. Consolidation only adds to the pressure, as data center managers try to cram more equipment into fewer centralized locations.
Elsewhere in the news circle, Business Week had an interesting article, Coping with Data Centers in Crisis. This article profiles the design goals and also the real world issues in trying to scale our computing capabilities.
People are looking for solutions anywhere they can, including the simple act of Drive Reduction, which fits with the 21 percent of the data center managers surveyed above who see energy savings in storage.
It is amazing that it took so long for people to realize where the dollars were going. A combination of a rapid rise in energy consumption (due server and storage sprawl) and an overall rise in energy rates seems to be the instigating factors. To be sure, this discussion will continue throughout 2007.