The IT sector has to improve its datacentre efficiency measurement – if bringing escalating costs under control is a target, according to independent technology analyst, Ovum.
A new report by the company showed businesses are incapable of tackling rising costs effectively as they lack sufficient measurement of resource use in their datacentres.
According to the report, IT decision-makers should bring a business strategy around datacentre measurement to senior management to gain investment support.
Ovum senior analyst and author of the report, Rhonda Ascierto, said, “Despite the fact that datacentres are inefficient money pits, most organisations are not measuring inefficiencies or resource use.”
Many companies have adopted the attitude that data efficiency measurement is too difficult and expensive to implement. The reason behind such thinking is incongruent IT systems and inadequate information sharing between various site teams, she said.
The report also showed that utilising just the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric will not lead to significant cost savings and resource efficiencies.
In addition, companies should consider implementing other new metrics released by The Green Grid – the industry-led not-for-profit organisation that created PUE.
The Green Grid is offering the following solutions: Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE), Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE), several data productivity proxies and the new Data Centre Maturity Model.
“The ways in which datacentres consume resources are complex and multi-dimensional, and multiple metrics are needed to properly gauge their efficiency,” Ascierto said.