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Greening the Data Center: A Pocket Guide by George Spafford

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CHAPTER 3: APPLICATIONS AND DATA

The reason businesses have data centers is, of course, to provide their IT services.Integral to those services are applications and the data that they generate. Changing some of the perceptions of how applications are designed and hosted can lead to a dramatic reduction in power and cooling requirements.

Reduce application variation

The first step is to reduce the number of applications. Organizations that have grown their IT services without centralized planning, or through mergers and acquisitions, will often find themselves with a number of applications performing similar operations.It makes business sense to reduce the number of instances of each class of application to as few as possible. The ideal would ...

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