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CEOs to feds: Consolidate data centres to cut IT spending

Date: 14th March 2011

The heads of IBM and Dell have told President Obama and other White House officials that consolidating data centres is one of the easiest ways to trim federal information technology spending. “All we’re talking about is putting things together and sharing them,” IBM Chief Executive Officer Samuel J. Palmisano said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Keysource says: We have been saying for some time that strategic IT planning could drive down costs by streamling and consolidating data centre infrastructures. However, it is important not to overlook the data centre cooling strategy and consider the lifecycle costs of a facility when measuring possible returns on investment. Ignoring cooling, when it represents such a large proportion of operating costs, is a missed opportunity to not only minimise operating costs, but also reduce emissions.


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