Businesses arefighting an uphill battle to contain and reduce power consumption in datacentres.
Figures from IDC reveal the amount of energy they require is"climbing at a worrying speed" and rose by more than 13% between 2006and 2007.
Underlining theextent of power usage, IDC reported that the amount of electricity required byservers in Western Europe in 2007 was almost twice that needed to power allstreet lighting and traffic signals in the UK. Data centre consumption levelswere more than two and a half times higher at 40TWh.
NathanielMartinez, IDC programme director, European Enterprise Servers, revealed that asmuch as €4.4 billion was spent on powering data centres in Western Europe lastyear.
"Unless adrastic change in products and company practices occurs," he warned,"things will not get any better in the future. In 2012, we could face ascenario where for every euro spent on buying new servers, more than €0.80 willbe needed to power the existing datacenter infrastructure."
Martinezsuggested businesses needed to "encourage a much tighter cooperationbetween facility management and the IT department, which, in most cases, stillwork without any coordination whatsoever".
Giorgio Nebuloni,research analyst with IDC European Systems and Infrastructure Solutions, addedthat the efforts of IT vendors to build energy-efficient components were"not enough to balance the rise of energy needs.
To contain them,organisations have to act on the infrastructure level, adopting best practices andredesigning their facility to improve cooling and power processes".