Worried about power costs in your data center? Feeling squeezed by the power company? Dreaming of modular designs and airflow at night? Well, relief is on the way--in four years or so.
This is the bright side--Gartner style. On Thursday, Gartner analyst Michael Bell outlined a few data center tips and factoids worth considering. Among the nuggets at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo:
Blade servers are good (sort of). If you think blade servers racked and stacked are a data center fix you're only half right. The blade-a-thon results in denser data centers and more computing power. That's fine and dandy, but now you need more juice to cool things down. Eventually this works out--as technology rides to the rescue. Gartner recommends doing an energy audit to see what your blade servers really consume. Then you can at least make up for the power loss elsewhere (another reason for green IT practices). See chart below:
Since those costs stink, Gartner is advising that technology folks spend time designing their cooling system. Maybe the next boom market will be in air conditioning design.
And a few more items to ponder as these cooling issues get worked out.