Power Matters

I was reading InfoWorld last week and their cover article is titled "Datacenter Power Crisis!". Now, I had heard about a bunch of the things Sun has been doing around making eco-friendly systems, but there were a number of things from the article that were somewhat astounding.

A quote from the article:
"IDC analyst Michelle Bailey says U.S. companies spent approximately $5.8 billion powering servers in 2005 and another $3.5 billion or more keeping them cool. That compares with approximately $20.5 billion spent purchasing the equipment."
That means that if a machine is used for 3 years, nearly 60% of the TCO is from power and cooling! So clearly cutting these costs is going to help the bottom line.

Sun's new UltraSPARC T1 is key to helping cut these costs. One customer is quoted as having replaced 25 Xeon machines with new Sun machines and expects to save $1,200 per machine per year which adds up. The same customer is replacing other machines with Sun's AMD Opteron machines which provide 35% more performance while using the same amount of power as the old machines.

Now, is Sun the only company addressing this? No, but Sun was preaching this before most others leading to PG&E offering up to a $1,000 rebate for customers replacing old servers with Sun's T1 line of machines.

Now I'm a software guy, so all this hardware stuff isn't my forte, but it is very interesting, and perhaps we need to be thinking about making our software more efficient so that a given server can do more also helping to combat the power and cooling costs. Makes one go hmmm...
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