According to a recent McKinsey study, by 2020, the carbon footprint of the computers running the Internet will exceed that of air travel. Additionally, a Gartner study concludes that between 2005 and 2025, data center energy costs will rise 1,600%.
Trends like this forecast a big hit to the environment and company budgets alike. But with creativity and wise technological investments, your data center can be a minimal contributing factor in these spikes, saving green by going green.
"Not only is it good for everyone on the earth, it's also good for our customers because they save money," says Paul Durzan, director of unified computing at Cisco Systems (www.cisco.com). "The less power you use, the [fewer] components you buy, the more money you save."