Politics aside, the subject of energy is of great concern in every large data center. Why, then, is power consumption still an afterthought for most server deployments? Because IT and facilities teams typically work independently and neither team can control consumption or predict requirements when data center energy costs are buried in the overall utility bill.

Let’s face it: Energy costs are spiking, server sprawl is pushing against site capacity limits, and the Internet and smart device adoption rates are calling for aggressive increases in data center compute densities. Industry analyst firms agree that power and associated cooling requirements account for the fastest increasing components of operational costs. To protect the bottom line, and to comply with the latest EPA Energy Star standards, data centers need to change the way they monitor and manage energy consumption for power-hungry assets, like servers. New power and cooling management approaches are available that offer greater energy efficiency and reduced costs.

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