Key questions for the board on Data Centres

The question, ‘How Green is my Data Centre?’ will be put to more and more CIOs and IT Directors by their Boards this year.

Whilst ‘green’ has become the new black, particularly in the IT industry, the spiraling cost of energy and new legislative requirements mean that the case for reducing power consumption in the data centre is now more compelling than ever before.

Until recent years, electricity usage was not a major IT concern. In fact, the electricity costs for running and cooling computers generally was not even considered part of the IT budget.

Servers did not draw much power and their density in data centres was not significant enough to create any concern.

That has all changed with the phenomenal growth of internet computing, regulatory requirements and increased reliance on electronic data which has driven the filling up of rack upon rack with ever more powerful servers.