Virtualisation Continues To Top The It Agenda While Concern For Sustainability Plummets Amongst Attendees At Data Centre World 2011

Nlyte Software research gains insight into 2011 data centre development, revealing a concerning ignorance towards the benefits of sustainability and infrastructure management within the data centre

London, UK – March 9, 2011 – nlyte Software, the leading provider of data centre infrastructure management solutions (DCIM), today released the results of its research that surveyed 100 attendees* at Data Centre World (Olympia, London: 2nd – 3rd March 2011) on rising trends in the data centre,  which new technologies are motivating them and the importance of sustainability to organisations.  Findings indicate that virtualisation is the most popular modification for the coming year with almost two thirds (60 percent) of respondents looking to implement the technology, followed closely by cloud computing (40 percent) and intelligent power strips (41 percent).  Adoption appears to be due to mounting costs, but with minimal consideration for IT sustainability, confirmed by the lack of awareness of the CRC Energy Efficiency scheme and apathy towards carbon footprint measurement tools.

“Our Data Centre World survey highlighted several worrying issues, but most alarmingly some very confused IT strategies, particularly when it comes to the future of data centre management,” commented Rob Neave, co-founder and VP of sustainable IT initiatives at nlyte Software.  “If the connection between efficient data centre management, key problems in the data centre environment and green initiatives continues to be ignored, organisations will inevitably collapse under the weight of hefty fines, unmanageable data centres and reputational damage.”

nlyte also reveals that as problems within the data centre continue to centralise around the mismanagement of resources, rapidly diminishing capacity, out of date information and overloading/overheating have emerged as the top three facing businesses today.  It is evident that organisations need to address the real issue of better data centre management, which works towards green initiatives, before adding complexity to their data centre environment with modifications such as virtualisation.

“Adding complex technology to the data centre landscape, such as virtualisation and cloud computing, before data centre managers have better control and insight over their data centre assets is, quite simply, irresponsible,”  continued Neave. “Essentially organisations either just aren’t aware of how to effectively improve their data centre environment or they’re running before they can walk.  Virtualisation and cloud computing have huge advantages to offer, but the overall management of the data centre infrastructure should be tackled at the same time. If this doesn’t happen, the potential benefits of introducing these technologies could be lost.”

Furthermore, with the increase in green legislation imposed by the UK Government, it is more important than ever for organisations to adopt technology that helps to make them more efficient.  However, with only 16 percent of survey respondents acknowledging that IT sustainability is even on their agenda, the impact of green legislation and sustainable efficient data centre management is being crucially overlooked.

This notion is further reinforced by the lack of awareness that still surrounds one of the government’s key green initiatives, the CRC Energy Efficiency scheme.  A staggering 30 percent of respondents admit that they do not know what measures their organisation has introduced to comply with the scheme, nearly one year on from its introduction, while almost a third do not know if or how their data centre’s carbon footprint is measured.

“Wasting resources is quickly becoming a luxury no organisation can afford and this oblivious attitude is indicative of that lack of control and insight true to many data centres that have adopted new technology, without first gaining a solid grip on their data centre’s infrastructure management,” concludes Neave.  “Our insight at Data Centre World alone demonstrates that control within the data centre is desperately needed, and as yet, is not being achieved.  In order to move forward, organisations need to adopt an end-to-end management solution that creates a complete and efficient data centre strategy. Taking this approach will help to ensure the success of hot trends such as virtualisation and cloud computing.”

*nlyte surveyed 100 attendees at the show, all of whom were in involved in running their organisations’ data centre facilities.

About nlyte Software
nlyte Software is a leading provider of data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions for intelligent capacity planning.  Its performance-based solution enables the world’s largest companies to optimally place data centre assets to make the most efficient use of power, cooling and space, enabling a reduction in operating expenses by as much as 20 percent annually.  Founded by data centre professionals in 2003, nlyte Software is headquartered in Menlo Park, California, with its European headquarters and R&D in London, England.  It also has a local presence in France.  The company can be found online at http://www.nlyte.com.

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