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The majority of data center operators are relying on server virtualization, hot and cold aisle containment and power monitoring software to make their operations more energy-efficient, according to data released today by an industry research group. And many data center operators are eying the cloud.

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The majority of data center operators are relying on server virtualization, hot and cold aisle containment, and power-monitoring software as means to make their operations more energy-efficient, according to an industry survey. Still, a mere 58 percent of data center operators feel like reducing energy consumption is a worthwhile goal, according to the data shared Thursday by the Uptime Institute.

The Uptime Institute, a group that measures data center performance and efficiency, surveyed 525 data center owners and operators to discover several worthwhile sentiments about power consumption, cloud computing and even server consolidation. Some of this data was released at an event it held in May, but they sent me the consolidated results Thursday. Expect to see some of these numbers in PowerPoint slides at an event (such as our own Structure 2011 event in two weeks) near you given how influential Uptime’s data tends to be.

  • Spending is one the rise, with 52 percent of respondents saying their data center budget increased in 2011, and 27 percent saying it increased by more than 10 percent.
  • Operators are running out of room and electricity, with 36 percent saying their data center facility would run out of power, cooling and/or space in 2011-2012.
  • Expect new data center construction to continue, as 40 percent plan build a new data center, while 62 percent said they would handle demand for more data center facilities by consolidating servers.
  • Some may go straight to the cloud, with one in five planning to move IT workloads to the cloud and almost three-fourths currently considering cloud computing for their data center needs. However, only 5 percent of respondents are considering or implementing public cloud computing over the next 12 months, while 42 percent are considering or implementing a private cloud, and 27 percent are looking at hybrid methods.
  • Flexibility wins, with 61 percent choosing the cloud for agility compared with 25 percent looking to reduce costs. A mere 9 percent are looking at the cloud because they are running out of capacity.

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  1. This title is misleading. The last paragraph of the article states: “Flexibility wins, with 61 percent choosing the cloud for agility compared with 25 percent looking to reduce costs. A mere 9 percent are looking at the cloud because they are running out of capacity.”

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  2. If the majority of 525 data center owners and operators surveyed by The Uptime Institute are looking at the cloud because they are running out of capacity and are looking to reduce costs while considering or implementing a private cloud system and at the same time looking into hybrid methods there should not be any “I don’t believe it”exclamation.

    The future is definitively moving up to the cloud.
    The advantages gained from this move will only get better over time as the system is improved and refined, tweaked to make it faster, safer and more secure.

    Technology is still exploding and the internet is zooming into it’s next phase at an unbelievable speed. Computers of the future will be faster and more awesome.

    Thanks a million
    James

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  3. Always great to see research released that confirms the vision of our company (http://www.1e.com/) and the ability for us to save the datacenter.

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  4. Unlocking energy efficiency and reducing power consumption by leveraging the cloud for the data center only scratches the surface of what we can do with the cloud. The true value of the cloud is unleashed when we are able to leverage the cloud (public or private ) and foster innovation – in terms of virtualization, fostering on-demand and accurate scaling up, enable IT agility to the business, and foster superior economics through accurate and precise asset utilization. Would love to hear more on that.

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  5. The true value of what the Cloud can do including for data centers is not in energy efficiency or in saving power. Yes, that’s the starting point, but the true value is unleashed when the Cloud is leveraged for fostering innovation through optimization , precise and accurate asset utilization, superior economics and rapid scale to meet on demand spikes and bursts.

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