Today’s IT executives are not only
expected to create and maintain high-available IT environments, but they are also expected to implement green initiatives to satisfy customers, analysts, and
government agencies that are worried about the impact of energy-thirsty data centers on the environment. Is such a dual mandate reasonable? Can companies be expected to maintain service levels and reduce their carbon footprints at the same time? In the following pages we will explore the drivers behind the exploding power demands of modern data centers, the current crop of solutions available to manage those demands, and the tremendous benefits - both economical and environmental - of taking steps to reduce those demands permanently.