Green data center: Reducing power consumption with virtualization

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About Green data center: Reducing power consumption with virtualization

As server virtualization permeates data centers and reducing data center power consumption becomes a key initiative, using virtualization has become a key strategy among green data centers and those seeking greater energy efficiency. With server virtualization, data centers can reduce server hardware costs, improve power management, reduce power and cooling costs, and reduce data center carbon footprint. But introducing virtualization into your green data center strategy involves myriad questions: should you use blades or rackmount servers in your data center? Does choosing Linux over Windows improve power management? Which metrics should you use to determine power savings and where? This section offers advice on using virtualization to reduce data center power consumption and provides company case studies and step-by-step instruction on improving energy efficiency with server virtualization.