Is your server part of the 30% sitting in ‘comatose’?

16-07-15

I came across a recent study in June 2015 by Jonathan Koomey, a Research Fellow at Stanford University. The findings indicate there are about 10 million servers worldwide – including standalone and host servers – that have not delivered information for 6 months or more. This roughly equates to $30 billion server costs, not even including infrastructure and operating costs, sitting there without much utilization. These data centers not only cost money but also wasteful energy consumption. Read the article and full study here: http://anthesisgroup.com/30-of-servers-are-sitting-comatose/

It has not come as a surprise to me. The fact is, combined with test systems and IT inefficiencies, you also get a massive number of legacy systems just there for the ‘in-case somebody needs them’ scenario. These scenarios are usually for the lawyer or tax auditor.

Koomey adds “removing idle servers would result in gigawatt-scale reductions in global IT load, the displaced power use from which could then support new IT loads that actually deliver business value. That’s a result that everyone should cheer.”

Save money + Save the environment + Deliver business value = smiley emoji

Just in case your server is one of the 30% in ‘comatose’, what can you consider doing? One of the ways is to implement a cost efficient decommissioning.

Today, most decommissioning project vendors assume you get a million and a team ready to work full time. However, this is really not the case and will not happen soon.  TJC has come a long way in the learning curve of SAP system decommissioning and have worked within both the private and public sectors.  Our methodology aims to ensure you have access to important data, have access to original historical data for audits, and can free up management costs. Our approach is always customer-focused; applying data retention and/or storage solutions depending on your budget and usage goals.

There are also other ways of saving money if your server is not one of those in ‘comatose’ – SAP archiving and management of the Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) OR run a company fitness program … 

Regards, Thierry
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