A strategic element of an overall service management strategy
Reduce Energy Costs and Go Green
Reduce the energy demands of your datacenter by right-sizing your IT infrastructure through consolidation and dynamic management of computer capacity across a pool of servers. Virtualization delivers the resources your infrastructure needs and enables you to:
- Reduce energy costs by 80-90%.
- Power down servers without affecting applications or users.
- Green your datacenter while decreasing costs and improving service levels.
Increasing Energy Efficiency with Virtualization
Energy consumption is a critical issue for IT organizations today, whether the goal is to reduce cost, save the environment or keep your datacenter running. In the United States alone, datacenters consumed $5 billion worth of electricity in 2009. Industry analyst Gartner estimates that over the next 5 years, most enterprise datacenters will spend as much on energy (power and cooling) as they do on hardware infrastructure.
Save Energy by Eliminating Underutilization and Server Sprawl
Lore customers reduce their energy costs and consumption by as much as 80-90% through virtualization. Most servers and desktops today are in use only 8-15% of the time they are powered on, yet most x86 hardware consumes 60-90% of the normal workload power even when idle. Virtualization has advanced resource and memory management features that enable consolidation ratios of 15:1 or more which increase hardware utilization to as much as 85%. Once virtualized, utilization can be monitored across the datacenter. Unneeded physical servers can be intelligently powered off without impacting applications and users.
Reduce the Environmental Impact of IT
There are plenty of opportunities for saving even more energy, and money. Analyst firm IDC2 states that the unutilized server capacity equates to approximately:
- $140 billion
- 3 years supply of hardware
- More than 20 million servers.
At 4 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually per server, these un-utilized servers produce a total of more than 80 million tons of CO2 per year. This is more than is emitted from the country of Thailand and more than half of ALL countries in South America.
1 Source: Gartner, Inc. "Eight Critical Forces Shape Enterprise Data Center Strategies" by Rakesh Kumar, 02/08/07
2 Source: IDC, â€œEnterprise Class Virtualization 2.0 Application Mobility, Recovery, and Managementâ€? Doc # DR 2007_5MEW, February 2007