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Volume 7, Number 1, 2013

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Green Smart Practices The Transformation E innovations help CIOs increase power capacity, serve the business ��� and reduce their organizations��� impact on the environment. | By Bob Violino photograph: SHUTTERSTOCK nergy conservation and sustainability are key strategic priorities ��� so important that organizations worldwide are spending literally billions of dollars a year on them. And it���s no wonder. In a recent survey, nearly 85 percent of organizations say data center power issues have caused a wide range of problems, including delayed or aborted application rollouts, reduced levels of customer support, and the reallocation of operating and capital expenses away from strategic goals. When it comes to energy and sustainability, CIOs face a unique challenge ��� and opportunity. They can quickly increase their enterprises��� energy efficiency while decreasing operational costs. And they can do so not only in the data center, but also on desktops and, in fact, across the entire organization. Much is at stake. Today���s business infrastructure ��� including the data center and countless systems both inside and outside the corporation ��� is increasingly affected by limitations of space, power, cooling and operational flexibility. Enterprises face rising energy costs, expanding compliance requirements, and elevated expectations concerning sustainability among customers, employees and other stakeholders. The aforementioned survey, conducted by IDC on behalf of CA Technologies, found that organizations are spending hundreds of billions of dollars each year on infrastructure deployed in data centers, and even more on power, cooling, and on IT and facilities support staff. The survey respondents included more than 500 IT and facilities professionals at midsize and large organizations in North America, Western Europe and Latin America. Today���s explosion of both data and devices, along with the growing need for always-on infrastructures, has created a ���tsunami of demand for IT services,��� says Tony Bishop, an IT consultant and author of Next Energy and sustainability 2013 ��� Smart Enterprise 37

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