The imperative of energy efficient IT
Information technology (IT) departments in organisations across sectors are facing difficulties in meeting the growing demand for IT services, due to tight budgets, rising energy costs, and limits on electric power availability. To answer the existing and new demands while remaining productive and competitive, it is important for organisations to embrace IT energy efficiency principles and practices.
IT suppliers and vendors in the ICT sector have been addressing these challenges by producing more energy-efficient computer hardware, creating software that helps improve the energy efficiency of IT operations, and offering improved operational efficiency through public and private cloud computing platforms and services.
However, many organisations are failing to capitalise on these advances due to the lack of necessary incentives or capabilities to improve IT energy efficiency. As a result, they are continuing decades-old practices of overbuilding computer systems and thereby missing the opportunity to make their IT operations more agile, cost effective, and sustainable, furthermore leading to massive reductions of cost, energy and material wastage in their data centres.
We have recently published a white paper entitled “The IT Energy Efficiency Imperative” to share key strategies, principles, and practices that organizations can adopt to make their IT infrastructure more energy efficient, cost effective, and responsive to business demands. We have also teamed up with Triple Pundit to launch a series of articles based on this white paper.