Dealing with idle servers in the datacentre


The Uptime Institute approximated as far back as 2015 that idle servers could be losing all around 30% of their eaten energy, with improvements fuelled by developments such as virtualisation mainly plateaued.

According to Uptime, the proportion of electrical power eaten by “functionally dead” servers in the datacentre seems to be to be creeping up yet again, which is not what operators want to hear as they struggle to comprise fees and focus on sustainability.

Todd Traver, vice-president for electronic resiliency at the Uptime Institute, confirms that the concern is deserving of interest. “The examination of idle power usage will drive focus on the IT planning and processes about software style and design, procurement and the business processes that enabled the server to be set up in the datacentre in the very first location,” Traver tells ComputerWeekly.

But greater overall performance multi-core servers, demanding higher idle electric power in

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