Seventy-two percent of those surveyed said the size of the investment was the primary barrier to improving their data center energy efficiency, followed by lack of specific information on the return of the investment for making changes (38%), server down time required to implement changes (38%), and concerns about running legacy software on new systems (34%).
Companies are concerned about their data centers exceeding processing capacity and the risk of losing their data. One-quarter (27%) worry a "brown out" or exceeding process capacity will affect their data centers, while 27% are worried about losing data, 15% worry about aging facilities, and 10% expressed concern about high energy costs.
"The tools and technologies are available to help companies get started -- whether it is simply through server virtualization, installing power monitoring systems, retrofitting an existing structure or with new construction," added Cornelius. "Siemens solutions not only allow for the cost savings associated with greening data centers, but will also address the growing risks associated with today's increasing data center capacity."
About the Survey
The above findings were the result of a survey commissioned by Siemens Corporation and KRC Research from October 23 - November 24, 2008. A nationally represented sample included top, high, and mid-level executives of Fortune 2000 companies that are in some way involved in making decisions about their companies' data centers. Because Fortune magazine does not publish a list of the top 2000 companies, the sample was created by extending the Fortune criteria: the 2000 largest American companies, ranked by an
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