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Aperture survey reveals 40% UK data centres have no green policy

12 November 2007

A new survey by Aperture Technologies Inc reveals that many UK data centre managers have invested in technology to manage energy but do not yet have a green policy in place.

Researchers at a London Aperture event for data centre managers asked delegates whether they had a green policy for the data centre. One third admitted that they did not, and a further 10% did not know.
However, 90% of data centres have introduced a monitoring system for the data centre, and over two thirds of all those surveyed (67%) said that the most important reason for doing so was to measure the power consumption of racks. Cooling was also listed by many as the most important reason to have a monitoring system in place.

David Perry, European Sales Director for Aperture Technologies said: “We’ve heard it said that the IT industry is responsible for as much carbon emission as the aviation industry. It’s clear that data centre managers have a massive responsibility to use energy efficiently. A green policy can help to remind staff across the business that they have a duty to the environment, and can explain how the decisions that they take really can make a difference. For it to be truly effective, though, data centres must have tools in place to monitor, manage and optimise the energy they use to power and cool devices.”

Perry adds: “Our research has found that this technology is already in place at many data centres, and can form the foundation upon which a green policy can be based. It will, however, take a commitment from data centre managers, and most likely the boards of directors above them, to make the green data centre the norm.”

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