Spending on greener data centers will experience rapid growth over the next five years, a new report predicts, increasing from $7.5 billion in global revenue to $41.4 billion by 2015.

The report by Pike Research, a Boulder, Colo., research firm specializing in green technology, says while energy efficiency has not traditionally been a concern of IT departments, it is now a fundamental consideration when building new data centers or investing in new equipment.

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