Energy-related costs are rising faster than any other expense in the data center, a Gartner report has found. And if IT managers are going to get a handle on energy costs, they need to do more to measure and understand how those watts are being burned.

Gartner says energy-related costs now account for about 12 percent of overall data center expenditures, and despite many innovations in the data center to reduce energy consumption, the picture is likely to get worse.

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