Date Added: Sep 2009
Utility costs now account for 20 to 30 percent of data center operating costs. For many IT organizations, energy costs represent the largest single component of total cost of ownership - and the most stifling influence on IT expansion. According to IDC, for every dollar spent on new IT hardware, an additional 50 cents is spent on power and cooling, more than double the ratio of five years ago. The cost of electricity is already outpacing the cost of hardware. $1 million worth of servers purchased in 2009 will consume $1.2 million in electricity over a three-year operating life - a figure that will only increase with rising utility rates. If they manage a data center - or engineer the architecture for clients who do.