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Code of Conduct 'failing to engage data centre industry'

The EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres on Energy Efficiency is failing to secure 'a significant level of support in the UK', bespoke data centre specialist is Sentrum claiming.

A research report commissioned by the company reckons that by mid-2009 only a minority of companies 12 per cent of large UK organisations have adopted it, and a year later that had risen to just 15 per cent. The report details quantitative research with IT professionals in organisations across the UK. A total of 100 interviews were collected with senior IT professionals across industry sectors and in large organisations with 250 or more employees. Respondents confirmed that they were an IT professional responsible for the company’s data centres from an operational and/or strategic perspective.

The research also suggests that 94 per cent of IT managers cited a variety of issues which they say have hindered their company’s efforts towards adopting or complying with the EU Code of Conduct. Thirty-six per cent say there have ‘always been other more important IT priorities to manage’, while stretched resources were the most common obstacle, said 48 per cent of those polled. It further points out that the act of signing-up also does not necessarily indicate that the Code has been followed, and 47 per cent of the early adopters blame the recession for the continued lack of compliance.

While 18 per cent of those polled think that the low profile that the Code has is responsible for hindering adoption and compliance within the industry, the same number cites ‘a lack of policing’.  Some 27 per cent of respondents believe that ‘a lack of potential financial penalties associated with non-compliance’ is to blame for the non-adoption.

According to Sentrum development director Franek Sodzawiczny, “The failure of the Code to gain traction within the industry is largely due to the way in which it has been set up, introduced, and administered. Presented as a voluntary choice, the Code has simply become a toothless guard dog – essentially lacking the tools to police, and enforce, the associated necessary standards.”

Sodzawiczny adds: “Not only are we seeing pathetically poor levels of adoption, but of those who have signed up, 87 per cent [of our survey] admit to failing to comply with the Code recommendations.”

However, in 2010 more companies – 48 per cent - stated that they were ‘very likely’ to now adopt the Code, compared to 2009 – 33 per cent - but only if ‘future adoption can also be equated to compliance’.

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