So while many organisations have some form of monitoring in place, opportunities to make system improvements are being missed.
Roel Castelein, EMEA Marketing Chair for The Green Grid said, ‘With so many people saying that they would like more time to look at their data, we are concerned that data is being left unused – which is the same as not collecting the data in the first place. For organisations adopting strategies to increase resource efficiency, data holds the answers to many questions. Use of data to evidence base IT decisions should flow through organisations including the board-level.’
The Green Grid, a global consortium dedicated to advancing resource efficiency in IT and data centres, conducted the research in October 2015. The survey studied responses from 150 IT decision makers at end-user organisations, including companies who run their own data centres as well as co-located data centre providers, from across the UK, France, and Germany on data centre resource efficiency. Key findings include:
- 38 per cent of respondents would like more time to monitor their data.
- Only 29 per cent of respondents say that their organisation can entirely quantify environmental footprint of data centre operations.
- The majority of respondents (97 per cent) claim that monitoring within data centres could be improved for increased energy efficiency.
- Around two thirds (67 per cent) of respondents say that increasing investment in monitoring measures would be a way of improving their organisation’s data centre and over a quarter (28 per cent) think that using more monitoring measures would improve it.
Roel concluded, ‘Whilst our research suggests that the majority of organisations have measures in place, many are still unable to fully see how their data centre operations are affecting their environmental footprint. This can be altered by changing the mind sets of both IT decision makers and board members on the importance of investigating data, an area on which The Green Grid provides a lot of support to its members.’