Reduce Energy Consumption in the Modern Data Center

Autonomic IT Increases Server Utilization and Reduces Energy Costs

Data centers are consuming more energy than ever before.

Each year, data centers waste 39 billion kilowatt hours of energy – that’s like leveling 22 million acres of trees.
Every app, web site, and email you consume comes from the same place – a data center. Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook – the big ones – each contain a million-plus servers and counting. “Smaller” data centers contain hundreds or thousands of servers and counting. They add up, so much so that data centers are the fastest-growing consumers of electricity in the United States.

In fact, in 2013 US data centers consumed an estimated 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity – enough electricity to power all the households in New York City twice over.

 

 

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How Turbonomic saves Bermuda Police Service 80,000 kWh and $32,000 every year

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) ensures the public safety of all Bermudians. Like so many taxpayer-funded government services, BPS faces new and growing security challenges on a modest budget. Their data center is no exception.

In early 2016, BPS thought it might need to purchase new hardware for the data center in order to address poor application performance. Budget constraints, however, forced them to investigate alternatives. Simply put, they needed to find a way to do more with less.

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Most data centers are overprovisioned

The problem? Most data center servers are wildly underutilized. Even with virtualization, the majority of servers never come close to using their full capacity. To accommodate growth, data centers add more CPU, more RAM, more everything, year after year – never truly utilizing the existing infrastructure to its full potential.

The electric bill grows and grows – but worse – so does the carbon footprint for which we are all partially responsible. Unbridled, data center growth continues to create more and more waste.

The State of Energy Consumption in the Modern Datacenter

The Data centers are one of the fastest-growing global consumers of electricity, and in the United States alone an estimated 12 million computer servers are currently occupying data center space. With the advent of virtualization, progress has been made in reducing physical data center energy use; however, research has revealed that a significant quantity of resources are still routinely wasted – primarily due to server underutilization.

In this e-book, we examine the costs of server underutilization on both the environment and business, and how increasing server utilization is key to reducing data center energy consumption and global business costs.

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A greener way

A recent Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) study found that increasing server utilization could reduce data center electricity consumption by up to 40 percent, resulting in $3.8 billion of annual savings for US businesses and 39 Billion kilowatt hours of electricity. These gains sound great, but are they possible?

The answer lies in control, using software that assures application performance while maximizing resource utilization, removing uncertainty and reducing carbon emissions dramatically.

Enter Turbonomic.

What if you could accurately match infrastructure supply with application demand, and avoid buying all those shiny new servers? Turbonomic helps you use existing hardware more efficiently – safely packing higher workload densities, reducing overhead and saving energy.

According to independent surveys, 80% of Turbonomic customers see an increase in utilization by 20% or more, while 37% see an increase of 40% or more. Not to mention 10% even see increases over 50%, cutting energy costs all while assuring application performance. Our customers believe in the power of control, the purpose of a green circle, and the promise of a greener plane.

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