SOURCE: TheInfoPro

November 29, 2007 14:16 ET

Data Center Environmental Issues Considered Top Pain Point by Server Professionals, According to New Research From TheInfoPro™

Relentless Growth in New Applications Is Outpacing Server Professionals' Ability to Scale and Meet Service Levels, With Consolidation Through Virtualization Viewed as the Solution

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 29, 2007) - TheInfoPro (TIP),, an independent research network and leading supplier of market intelligence for the Information Technology (IT) industry, today announced that coping with data center environmental issues is the top pain point of Fortune 1000 (F1000) and Midsize Enterprise (MSE) Server professionals. Server pros report that consolidation is being driven by space, heat, power, and cooling constraints, resulting from continuing large-scale growth in new applications and demand for new servers.

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According to TIP's Wave 5 Server Study -- which provides continuous market data on technologies, industry opportunities, and trends in the Server market -- despite environmental issues being the top pain point, only half (51%) of Server decision makers indicate that environmental cost is captured and weighed as part of system evaluation. Further, of those who do weigh environmental costs, only 29% include them in their calculations of total cost of ownership. Even fewer (10%) state that they would change vendors on the basis of power efficiencies. However, 71% of enterprise organizations state that they will begin to factor server power consumption into their server procurement decision-making process. While 57% believe semiconductor efficiencies will make a meaningful impact on overall energy demands, many now realize that data center efficiency overall is complex, with multiple variables that must be addressed, rather than simply entailing a product switch.

"Environmental issues have become a huge area of contention among Server professionals as they struggle to cope with increased demand, server sprawl, and trying to keep pace by virtualizing their server environments," said Bob Gill, TIP's Managing Director of Server Research. "Nearly 70% of organizations expect the energy demands required to support IT functions to grow over the next five years. Further, as of now, they do not see simple solutions to this problem, although users voice hope that their incumbent vendors will invest more heavily in energy efficiencies across their product lines."

Over 140 F1000 and MSE end users were interviewed for the Wave 5 Server Study, providing commentary and insight on their server adoption plans, management strategies, and vendor performance. Server Technology providers that were mentioned throughout the study include: 3PAR, Acronis, Agami, AMD, APC, Aperture Technologies, Blade Network Technologies, Cisco, CommVault, Compellent, Data Domain, Dell, Determina, Egenera, EMC, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens, HP, IBM, Intel, LSI Logic, Microsoft, mValent, NetApp, Novell, OPNET, Opsware, PlateSpin, Red Hat, Riverbed, Scalent, ScriptLogic, Seagate, Sentillion, Sun, Trapeze, VMware, and XenSource.

About TheInfoPro

TheInfoPro (TIP) is the only independent research network for the Information Technology (IT) industry. Through a peer network of over 1600 of the world's largest buyers and users of IT, including Citigroup, FedEx, McGraw-Hill, MasterCard, Pfizer, Vodafone, PepsiCo, JPMorgan Chase, and Harvard University, TIP delivers detailed budget, vendor performance and technology roadmap data without spin or bias. Known as the "voice of the customer," TIP helps IT professionals, technology providers, and institutional investors make sound decisions on technologies, vendor relationships and investments. Founded in 2002 by alumni of Gartner, Giga, EMC, and Bell Labs, TIP is headquartered in New York City, with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston. To learn more, visit or call 1-212-672-0010.

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