Rising energy costs and increased spending on server hardware could mean more power and cooling strains put on data centre facilities over the next four years, according to an analyst from Gartner.

Speaking at Gartner’s IT Infrastructure Operations and Data Centre Summit in Sydney, UK research vice president Rakesh Kumar told delegates that data centre managers are predicted to spend 10 per cent more on server hardware over the next four years.

“We do have a power and cooling problem and it’s going to get bigger because the amount of hardware and servers you are buying,” he said.

According to Kumar, a mid-sized data centre of 10,000 square feet will generate energy costs of between 12 and 15 per cent.

He shared some tips to help reduce costs and improve energy efficiency.

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Source: CIO Asia