From the Director’s Desk: Going Green Saves Green – The Benefits of Blade Servers
I commented at the last LOGIS Board of Director’s meeting that we’ve seen a significant benefit from the replacement of our aging servers with new blade server technology. Here are some of the details of that effort.
In late 2009 and early 2010, as part of a routine server replacement project, Network Services replaced two-thirds of the LOGIS server farm with blade server technology. Blade servers provide many advantages, including floor space savings and reduced cooling costs. From a management perspective they offer better standardization, fault tolerance, flexibility and performance.
From a dollars and cents perspective, the new LOGIS blade servers have already proven their worth in reduced energy costs. A comparison of the November 2008 and November 2009 energy bills showed a cost reduction of nearly 25%. Network Services reports that server energy usage has been reduced by 37% since the blade servers were installed.
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