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Feb 2019 - IDC Survey Spotlight - Doc # EMEA44847119

What Investments are Service Providers and Enterprises Making to Improve Datacenter Energy Efficiency?

By: Rory DuncanResearch Vice President , Cloud Service Providers, Jennifer CookeResearch Director, Cloud to Edge Datacenter Trends

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Abstract

This IDC Survey Spotlight analyzes investments being made by enterprise firms and service providers in their datacenters to improve energy efficiency. It includes data from two IDC surveys: IDC's 3Q18 Service Provider Pulse Survey (November 2018) and the IDC Datacenter Operational Survey (January 2019). Survey respondents in both studies were asked about their current use of a number of datacenter designs and technologies, and the results were compared. The studies also highlighted key differences in approach.

"The results of both studies made clear that enterprises and service providers with datacenters are following a broadly similar approach to energy efficiency, focusing on liquid cooling, airflow management solutions, and variable-speed fan drives," said Jennifer Cooke, research director, Cloud to Edge Datacenter Trends. "The influx of graphics processing units (GPUs) to support artificial intelligence (AI) workloads in datacenters could motivate more investment in these technologies, as GPUs can potentially introduce changes in datacenter environments." "Service providers appear to have adopted hot-aisle/cold-aisle layouts at a higher rate than enterprises, presumably to better prepare their environments for highly dense IT infrastructures and improve operational efficiency," said Rory Duncan, research vice president, Cloud Service Providers. "Providers are responding to increasing demand for hosted and outsourced cloud services, and many are taking a long-term view of airflow management and options for efficiency to reduce cooling costs."


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