11 Data Center Predictions For 2011

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Greening Up The Data Center

Analyst firm Gartner estimates that energy accounts for 12 percent of data center expenses, making data center energy efficiency a major concern in 2011 as customers look for ways to not only control costs but also to promote themselves as "green."

While exotic forms of renewable energy such as cow pies may not work for every data center, customers will increasingly look for better ways to cut power consumption. These include the use of outside air to replace some of the mechanical air conditioning, increased use of water for cooling, and even raising the thermostat to up to 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit in line with new guidelines from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

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