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The energy required to support data center IT operations is becoming a central concern worldwide. For some data centers, additional energy supply is simply not available, either due to finite power generation capacity in certain regions or the inability of the power distribution grid to accommodate more lines. Even if energy is available, it comes at an ever increasing cost. With current pricing, the cost of powering IT equipment is often higher than the original cost of the equipment itself. The increasing scarcity and higher cost of energy, however, is being accompanied by a sustained growth of applications and data. Simply throwing more hardware assets at the problem is no longer viable.
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