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Greening the Data Center: A Pocket Guide by George Spafford

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CHAPTER 5: IT HARDWARE

The increase in demand for IT services creates a corresponding increase in the number of servers in the data center. If not properly managed, the demands for power and cooling will rise in an unsustainable manner. This chapter reviews opportunities to improve the management of the demands from IT hardware.

Identify and decommission ghosts

Data centers may be running hardware that is generating operating expenses but no longer adding value. Essentially, these systems were put into production for some business purpose that is no longer relevant and nobody told IT to decommission the service and its underlying hardware. As a result, these “ghosts” continue to run, consuming power, generating heat and incurring support ...

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