Lack of IT/FM coordination may hinder energy cost reductions

Nearly 80 per cent of senior IT decision makers say that their companies spent up to 25 per cent of their total IT budgets on energy-related costs, compared to 44 per cent for whom that was the case in a similar survey conducted last year, claims a survey by data centre specialist Brocade Communications.

While there have been cost management improvements, more than 50 per cent of the respondents admitted that their IT departments are under pressure from senior executives to reduce energy usage as a way to control operational expenditures. The research, conducted on Brocade's behalf by Vanson Bourne, revealed that a lack of coordination between IT departments and facilities management (FM) department at these companies may make cutting energy costs difficult.

Notably, almost 50 per cent of the respondents reported ‘not monitoring IT's energy usage at all’ because ‘utility bills fell under the purview of FM departments’. Within this group, 60 per cent stated that their companies ‘lacked the processes in place to measure IT power usage’.

“Facilities management owns the power budget in most cases, but that the IT department isn’t evaluating its power draw and effect on the organisation’s bottom line,” says Brocade Communications sales director Paul Phillips. “In these times, with every line item being placed under scrutiny, the IT function must collaborate with facilities management to address rising utility bills.”
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www.brocade.com/green_it_report

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