Quarter of IT managers see energy consumption tracking as unimportant: Eaton

Survey highlights attitudes of IT managers to power

One-in-four IT managers see monitoring and tracking of energy consumption as unimportant to the overall efficiency of their datacentre, according to a survey by power management company, Eaton.

The survey, which was conducted at the VMware vForum in Sydney last month, found that one in four IT managers face a consistent challenge of finding ways to improve energy efficiency, with 17 per cent claiming there are no easy ways to track IT room energy consumption.

Of the respondents, 31 per cent of IT managers stated that they spend the majority of their work hours on monitoring and testing their in-house IT environments, while only 19 per cent spend it on security issues, and 14 per cent on assessing and reporting the efficiency of their datacentre.

“Today’s IT managers and consultants are grappling with rapid technological change while looking to save money, enhance sustainability and provide for employee IT satisfaction,” Eaton Asia-Pacific (APAC) electrical sector senior product line manager power quality, Michael Mallia, said.

The survey showed that 14 per cent of organisations feel challenged by the pace of technology change, with 26 per cent admit to being challenge with the need to provide for adequate monitoring and management capabilities.

“The issue today is that many organisations use standalone software from multiple vendors to monitor and manage their datacentre’s uninterruptible power systems, power distribution units and other crucial power quality and environmental devices,” Mallia added.

“Short on features and poorly integrated with other management resources, these out-dated applications only add further complexity to a variety of common power-related administrative challenges.”

Additional findings show that when it comes to prioritising requirements in virtualised environments, 43 per cent responded that system reliability is their number one concern; 23 per cent look at total of of IT ownership when specifying requirements; 65 per cent favour datacentre solutions with disaster avoidance capabilities.

The Eaton survey polled 118 IT manager and consultants, 37 per cent of which manage over 20 racks within their IT datacentre.

Follow Nermin Bajric on Twitter: @nermin_au

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