Gartner: Datacentre changes could triple capacity

Changes to utilities management and use of existing assets recommended by analyst

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Gartner: Datacentre changes could triple capacity Redesigning the datacentre could yield major capacity increases (Shutterstock)
By  Ben Furfie Published  November 22, 2010

Improvements to the way that datacentres are design could increase capacity by 300% while reducing space requirements by 60% according to the latest research from Gartner.

Changes to power and cooling management, as well as more efficient use of the infrastructure as among the suggestions put forward by the analyst. It says with the current squeeze on space, the time has come for CIOs to address these issues.

"There is a real and growing desire to increase productivity in the datacentre," said Dave Cappuccio, chief of infrastructure research at Gartner. "Organisations are starting to take a serious look at consumption ratios of compute power to energy consumed and then compare them against estimated productivity of applications and the equipment to deliver that application.

"Couple this with the realisation that most IT assets are underutilised - for example, x86 servers are running at 12% utilisation, racks are populated to 50 to 60% capacity, floor space is spread out to disperse the heat load - it becomes clear that an efficiently designed and implemented datacentre can yield significant improvements," he added.

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