Server virtualisation key to reducing IT carbon footprint

Chief technology officers (CTOs) must speed-up the adoption of enterprise-wide server consolidation strategies if they are to make an impact upon their carbon footprint, technology solutions provider SCC has claimed.

Coming in the wake of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee statement that both government and industry must be more ambitious in their pursuit of greener IT policies, SCC has called upon organisations to embrace server consolidation as a key step toward reducing their carbon footprint. Highlighting European Data Centre codes of practice recommending the move, the company believes

“The consolidation route offers companies the ability to drastically reduce both their power consumption and IT overheads,” says SCC’s CTO Rhys Sharp. “By simply reducing the number of servers by a typical 5:1 consolidation ratio, companies are going to see four or five times less power consumed by servers. There’s less cooling required, generating further savings, and we’re now seeing the introduction of new technologies that throttle back on the server’s CPU performance when it’s not being used, reducing power consumption even more.”

However, because some of the software vendors have been reluctant to support their products on the virtualised platform, Sharp adds, full-scale migration has proved to be “a step too far” for many organisations: “Reluctance on the part of software vendors has been a major obstacle,” he believes.

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