22 Feb '12, 11am

How Autodesk Cut its Data Center Energy Use by 62 Percent

How Autodesk Cut its Data Center Energy Use by 62 Percent

Many companies are busy using IT to enable greener practices yet don't get around to making IT green. Recently Autodesk -- the leader of 3D design software used by manufacturers, architects and engineers to enhance a product's sustainability -- completed a major data center retrofit. The project cut its power consumption by 62 percent . The project also reaped $7 million in annual savings from reduced energy and IT infrastructure costs, which represents 15 percent of the IT budget. Jeff Brzycki, Autodesk's CIO, reviewed the program's strategy and results. 1. Virtualization "Virtualization," said Brzycki, was core to the new design. Virtualization is a process of creating multiple virtual servers on a single physical server. Once virtualized, three to five physical servers may be retired. Given that an average server uses as much electricity annually as the average American...

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