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IT managers under pressure to cut energy

12 January 2009

A survey of IT managers in the manufacturing sector revealed over half, 54 per cent, feel under pressure to reduce energy consumption in their data centres.

However, 61 per cent do not know how much power their data centre draws, according to the survey commissioned by IT solutions distributor Zycko and carried out by Vanson Bourne.

The survey also found that 64 per cent plan to reduce their carbon emissions in the next 18 months but 21 per cent have no plans in place to reduce their carbon emissions in the future.

Green policies are in place already, noted 82 per cent of respondents. These enable employees to work remotely to reduce transport costs and emissions. Just over half, 54 per cent enforce shutting down of computers at night and on weekends. 
Cost and lack of resources were the biggest barriers to improving companies' green credentials, cited by 61 per cent of respondents, followed by lack of knowledge of options available as noted by 21 per cent.

David Galton-Fenzi, Zycko's group sales director, said: "In most cases implementing greener IT measures inevitability result in cost savings. This coupled with the fact that the UK manufacturing sector is currently suffering from the effects of the global downturn makes a compelling case for addressing inefficiency in the data centre."
IT managers in this sector get their information on environmental issues from their own research (71 per cent), the media (61 per cent) and colleagues and suppliers (39 per cent each).

Galton-Fenzi said that addressing power inefficiencies does not require an army of staff and hefty IT budget.

“Often, the solution lies not in building more data centres, or even in expanding current sites, but rather in using existing space more efficiently. Already available solutions enable servers to be powered on and off, heat and cooling to be monitored, and power delivery to be examined and adjusted. As we see more IT managers in this sector working with their suppliers to implement such systems, the benefits will be both financial and environmental."