Poll: Top Ways to Boost Energy Efficiency in the Data Center

CDW Government LLC (CDW-G) today published its fourth annual Energy Efficient IT Report, which is based on a survey of 760 IT professionals in the public and private sectors across the United States. The 2012 Energy Efficient IT Report features "solution ratings maps" identifying data center solutions that offer the greatest potential for cost reductions, as well as those that offer the greatest ease of approval and implementation.

Survey respondents report that the energy efficient technologies and solutions implemented most often are as follows: virtualized servers or storage (65 percent); server consolidation (60 percent); low-power/low-wattage processors (46 percent); ENERGY STAR qualifying devices (44 percent); power-efficient networking equipment (31 percent); and energy-efficient/load-shedding uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) (28 percent).

Cloud computing could be a game changer for energy efficient IT. Sixty-two percent of respondents said they agree that cloud computing is an energy efficient approach to data center consolidation, up from 47 percent in 2010.

For a copy of the complete report, visit www.cdwg.com/energyefficientit.