Cloud, On-demand, Power, and (In)Efficiencies
As the adoption of Cloud IT shifts a rapidly-increasing percentage of enterprise workloads out of on-premise data centers, and as the scale of Cloud increases and improves the scalability and efficiencies of IT usage within enterprises, it’s easy to believe that Cloud IT is inherently “green” and efficient. Recent news and opinion pieces in the business and trade media, including blogs posts and a recent New York Times article, take issue with this assumption.
A recent Strategic Perspective from Saugatuck takes a matter-of-fact look at the situation by examining and describing how, where, and why data centers are inherently inefficient when it comes to power. The bottom line is that on-demand IT requires a significant, dedicated amount of resources waiting to be used, which makes on-demand inherently inefficient on the production side.
But efficiencies can be improved. User enterprises can benefit from detailed guidance by Cloud IT providers in planning their operational environments, their facilities, and the systems management tools that coordinate them. Skilled planning (e.g., understanding the true operational power and cooling loads for equipment) coupled with ongoing project coordination (i.e., help the disjoint groups, above, work effectively together) will be recognized (and rewarded) as a truly high-value offering.
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