In fact, it's been observed in real-world cases that intelligent energy management solutions can reduce energy waste by 20% to 40%. It is a conservative assumption, based on observations that approximately 10% to 15% of all data center servers are idle. Since a typical server draws about 400 watts of power, the annual energy cost is $800 or more per server. Reducing this type of waste extends operation during times of restricted power, and yields significant ongoing reductions in operating cost.
There are many motivations for getting better control of data center power, not the least of which is cost control as energy costs continue to skyrocket. Server sprawl has made the data center energy bill one of the fastest increasing component of operational costs. But regardless of the motivation, whether to ensure the survival of a business in a time of a natural disaster or to cap rising energy bills, the benefits are far reaching and add up to a very attractive business case for holistic energy management in today' data centers.
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