Staying Aware and Taking Responsibility for IT Costs
There’s been a lot in IT news and the general data center blogging scene lately about how important it is for those who run a facility to have a keener awareness of what exactly is going on in their facilities – the idea obviously being that this increases efficiency.
According to an article at Forbes.com it’s not at all unusual for CIOs not to actually deal with things like power bills. Apparently these usually go to facilities teams which aren’t even really dealing with the actual IT side of the arrangement, and the people in charge on a larger scale end up unaware of many of the details which could improve efficiency if they were more transparent.
Taking responsibility for exactly what’s going on in a facility on every level and working towards establishing a more holistic system can save a lot of energy and money. The author of the Forbes article talks about how at Dell they reached a point where they almost had to build an entire new facility, but instead they managed to rearrange and control things so much better that they completely avoided the need to build. That whole situation really sets an excellent example for other companies in similar positions.
In short, sweeping things under the rug isn’t going to work, and awareness and responsibility need to keep assuming a more central role in data center operations.
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