One of the areas I find interesting is greener data centers, and that often translates into energy efficiency - both on the power and the cooling sides. HP's Converged Infrastructure strategy includes Data Center Smart Grid which provides a framework of energy management tools for HP products. Of course, just because HP provides the tools, it doesn't mean that they are used. From that perspective, late last week, I read a couple of interesting papers.
The first, from CDW, is the 2010 Energy Efficient IT Report [Download]. They have done this study in the past few years as well, so there is some comparative data. Not surprisingly, they found that 74%of organizations (up 5% from 2009) had or were developing an energy efficiency program. The reason for this is as expected:
- 56% of the surveyed organizations reduced costs
- an additional 20% or surveyed organizations reduced usage although costs increased.