Sonian decided to create its next generation archive platform on reliable and efficient cloud compute infrastructure. At the core of cloud compute is a virtualization layer that maximizes physical hardware resources. Our decision to adopt this approach is not only good business sense for us and our customers, but is also one small step toward saving a lot of electricity. And despite your views on global climate change, you can't argue against saving energy and processing data in a more efficient manner.
The study goes on to say:
“These (1U) servers are cheap to buy but consume a lot of energy and their utilization is pretty low,” said Jonathan Koomey, project scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and consulting professor at Stanford University, who recently conducted a study on the power requirements for servers. “The utilization is below 20 percent and we really need to focus on virtualization to get more from these boxes.”
According to his estimates, volume servers, or the low-end devices that include the pizza box servers, consumed over 50.5 billion kilowatt hours in 2005, up from 19.7 billion kWh in 2000. That number surely must have increased by now. From 1996 through 2006, the sales of volume servers jumped from 1.41 million units to 7.282 million units, according to information collected by International Data Corp., a market research firm.