Blog Action Day: The server power double whammy

Servers are getting faster and faster, consuming more and more power, producing more and more heat. Removing heat from the data centre uses even more power. According to a November 2006 Gartner report, over 60% of total data centre power consumption is spent cooling the data centre environment. Making the cooling system less power hungry would be the best bet. Unfortunately, significantly lowering the power consumption of air-conditioning units is very difficult.