05/22/09
“Datacentres at Risk Unless They Tackle Inefficiencies”
In an article that appeared May 22, 2009 on ComputerWeekly.com, Booz & Company Partner Louise Fletcher (Europe) said that datacenter providers may face uncertainty unless they are able to focus on efficiency. “The demand for data services is on the rise but the datacenter is under tremendous pressure to cut costs, reduce energy usage, and develop new delivery models,” said Fletcher, who heads the firm’s Global IT Practice. “Those pressures—and the threat of rising factor costs such as energy, labor or real estate—will force every datacenter operator to re-assess how it does business if it wishes to remain competitive.” Fletcher spoke in support of a Booz & Company report that specified costs can be cut by as much as 40 percent, through virtualization, server consolidation, energy management, datacenter management, global sourcing and modularization. Creating a virtualized server environment using virtualization technology can bring savings of 15-to-20 percent, the reported noted, adding that more than 50 percent of datacenter floor space is under-used.