Intel Australia business development manager, Sean Casey, said Intel plans save $US500,000 over the next 10 years through data centre consolidation.
"We have about 130 data centres now and we could shrink that to 20 larger facilities and locate them in more strategic areas," Casey said.
He said disaster recovery sites can be used to reduce processing loads in the primary data centre.
"DR sites are an untapped resource because they sit there chewing power when they could bring big savings by running half of the data centre's workloads which drops cooling costs," Casey said.
He estimates Intel's QuadCore processors can save $US6000 per consolidation per year in support, network depreciation, and power and cooling costs, compared to Pentium III based servers.
Meeting the green mandate, Microsoft's senior director of data centre services, Michael Manos, said the company is working to make everything as energy efficient as possible.
In his company's new data centres, "everything from the applications to the hardware to the facilities is taking into account how much energy is consumed. It's really about optimizing efficiency," he says.
- with Sandra Rossi