Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Let Me Ask you This

Sorry I was off for a few days, we moved to Boston. It was fine except that the truck broke down on the way; thank god for inflatable beds.

But let me ask you this - what's it going to take before IT departments start doing something about the energy they use? How about letting them know that on average about 10 percent of their company's energy budget is blown on powering computer equipment? And, oftentimes, it can be more like 20 to 30 percent after taking into account all the UPS, routers, switches, blah, blah blah. How about letting them know that this could go up to 50 percent in a few years. Here's some quick math for you - the average building uses maybe 8-9 kilowatts per square foot per year, so computer equipment might be 1 kilowatt on average, maybe 2. For a 100,000 square foot building, that's 100,000 kilowatts, about $10,000. That's average usage, not including data centers and server rooms. Let me ask you this - how would you deal if that number went to $50,000?

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