Biggest concern for data center managers? Energy efficiency


By: SGN Staff


A survey of data center managers found that they continue to be on the lookout for ways to enhance the energy efficiency of their facilities.


Data centers are already considered one of the biggest consumers of electric power, and they’re growing substantially to meet consumer demand. Against that backdrop the fall survey, sponsored by technology and engineering firm Emerson Network Power, finds that energy efficiency remains the top-of-mind issue for facility managers.


When data center managers, all members of the Data Center Users Group (DCUG), were asked to select their top three areas of concern, 44% cited energy efficiency as their top priority, followed by availability (43%) and adequate monitoring and data center management (41%).


Read the press release below for more details on the survey responses and the growth trend they underscore.


Energy Efficiency Again Top Data Center Concern, According to Fall Survey Results from Emerson Network Power 


Columbus, Ohio [November 12, 2013] - Data center energy costs and equipment efficiency is once again a top-of-mind issue for data center managers, according to a fall survey of data center users from Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure.


The fall installment of the biannual survey, sponsored by Emerson Network Power, polled members of the Data Center Users’ Group® (DCUG), an association of influential data center, IT and facility managers, and captured input from more than 150 respondents across North America. The questions covered a variety of data center topics including energy efficiency, data center monitoring, capacity constraints, third-party colocation providers and heat and power density.


As with the DCUG spring 2013 survey, the Fall survey results show that energy efficiency, availability and infrastructure monitoring are foremost on the minds of data center professionals. When asked to identify their top three facility/network concerns, 44 percent of respondents cited energy efficiency, making it the leading response to the question for the second time in the last two years for the fall survey. Availability (43 percent) and adequate monitoring and data center management (41 percent) were second and third on the list of top concerns this fall. Data center consolidations (24 percent) continued to be a growing concern, landing at sixth on the list, right behind heat and power density.