Getting greener

Almost half of Canadian IT managers say increasing the efficiency of energy use is a priority in “greening” their data centres, according to a worldwide study of data centre leaders by Symantec. Fifty per cent of Canadian data centres have adopted or announced a general green policy, the study found, while 74 per cent of Canadian respondents are at least discussing the implementation of a green data centre.

Globally, nearly three-fourths of respondents state they have interest in adopting a strategic green data center initiative; however, only one in seven have been successful at implementing a green data centre, illustrating a stark contrast between interest and execution. For the purpose of this study, Symantec defined a green data centre as having increased efficiencies in energy usage, power consumption, space utilization and reduction of polluting energy sources. Data centre managers indicate that software designed for server consolidation and server virtualization are the most popular solutions in creating energy efficiencies.