|Uptime Institute's Server Roundup 2015|
Comatose IT equipment is hiding in plain sight within even the most sophisticated IT organizations. Obsolete or unused servers represent a double-threat in terms of energy waste -- squandering power at the plug, but also wasting data center facility power and capacity. According to Uptime Institute’s estimates, around 20% of servers in data centers today are obsolete, outdated or unused. That percentage may in fact be conservative.
Decommissioning one rack unit (1U) of servers can result in a savings of $500 per year in energy costs, an additional $500 in operating system licenses and $1,500 in hardware maintenance costs. But reaping those rewards is no easy task.
Data center professionals have traditionally had little incentive to remove comatose machines, and IT executives lacked insight into the impact that idle IT equipment had on their organizations cost structure, as their departments do not pay the data center power bill.
One of the consistent challenges facing the data center industry is the corporate disconnect between IT and Facilities Operations. In order to implement an effective server decommissioning program, data center managers need overcome that organizational barrier, and get executive level buy-in.
This is why Uptime Institute invited companies around the globe to help address and solve this problem by participating in the Server Roundup, an initiative to promote IT and Facilities integration, and improve data center energy efficiency.
The annual Uptime Institute Server Roundup contest was launched in October 2011 to raise awareness about the removal and recycling of comatose and obsolete IT equipment in an effort to reduce data center energy use.