Special Report

As people learn to think in new ways about the data center, the concept of data center efficiency is taking on new meaning as well. The strict focus on energy costs is giving way to a more holistic view of what resources can be devoted to applications.
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Virtualization has made it possible for agencies to improve the utilization of servers in the data center. But it doesn’t have to stop there. It can also make agencies much smart users of storage, networking and other resources beyond the traditional notion of data center efficiency. The tricky part is part numbers to those intangible efficiencies.
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Storage is taking on a key role in the drive for efficiencies, and a new measure called the Data Center Storage Efficiency Metric (DCsE) may do for storage what the power usage efficiency (PUE) has done for infrastructure efficiency. Techniques such as tiered storage are considered important drivers for efficiency.
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If you can’t measure efficiency you can’t plan for improvements. Power usage efficiency (PUE) has been the major mark of efficiency for years, but new measures are being proposed. However, something completely different may be needed to measure true IT effectiveness.
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Improving the efficiency of current data centers takes money, time and labor. Why bother when you can just buy a new, self-contained and efficient data center that can be shipped right to your premises? It’s an idea some organizations have taken up, but it’s not for everyone.
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