Servers and storage services take up a “significant portion” of most IT department budgets, according to Info-Tech Research Group Inc.

The London-based firm released a report outlining specific techniques IT managers can use to reduce server and storage costs and improve performance of technologies already in place.

The report, “Reducing Cost-to-Serve: Server & Storage Services,” provides 18 recommendations organized according to short-, medium- and long-term goals.

Immediate tactics include wrapping up in-progress server consolidation projects, applying “quick-fixes” to cooling costs and extending the life of servers.