How Virtualization Helps Feds Shrink Environmental Footprints

fedtechmagazine | July 24, 2019

Government agencies spend more than $5 billion per year on energy, and the cost of powering and cooling data centers is a large portion of that. As they work to lessen that demand, both to trim utility costs and minimize environmental impact, agencies are discovering the virtues of virtualization.The Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers recommends data center virtualization as one of its “high-level best practices,” alongside more obvious measures such as turning off unused equipment and decommissioning unused servers.Buildings with data centers spend 25 percent to 35 percent more on electricity per square foot than those without, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.The Office of Management and Budget has been pushing federal agencies to close and consolidate data centers where possible, and to optimize remaining facilities through methods such as energy metering and virtualization.

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Continuous and sustained reduction in both capital and operating costs remains a key priority for the CIO. For this reason, most enterprises are already along the path of consolidating, rationalizing, standardizing and centralizing their infrastructure. Virtualization takes this a stage further, offering the CIO an opportunity for large reductions in both capital and operating costs through hardware reduction. Furthermore, Cloudreadiness is almost implicit in a virtualized environment, as once you have decoupled the services from the underlying infrastructure, the required resources can be provisioned from the cloud.

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Continuous and sustained reduction in both capital and operating costs remains a key priority for the CIO. For this reason, most enterprises are already along the path of consolidating, rationalizing, standardizing and centralizing their infrastructure. Virtualization takes this a stage further, offering the CIO an opportunity for large reductions in both capital and operating costs through hardware reduction. Furthermore, Cloudreadiness is almost implicit in a virtualized environment, as once you have decoupled the services from the underlying infrastructure, the required resources can be provisioned from the cloud.

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