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Maintaining Efficiency in a Mission-Critical World

Written by  RON BEDNAR

Energy consumption has become a hot topic in the data center industry over the past few years. According to survey results from the Data Center Users’ Group – an organization of data center managers and decision-makers – power usage of data centers (average kW use per rack) jumped 23 percent from 2006 to 2009, and respondents predict per-rack averages of 10 kW by 2012. The Uptime Institute reported data center energy use doubled between 2000 and 2006 and predicts it will double again by 2012. Rising energy costs, coupled with a move toward environmental responsibility, have pushed many companies to look at energy efficiency as a way to cut data center operation costs.More recently, however, many high-profile data center outages have proved that availability cannot be sacrificed when maximizing efficiency. Availability was the No. 1 concern reported by respondents in the fall 2009 Data Center Users’ Group survey, having dropped