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7 Ways To Cut Data Center Costs: Gartner

To help organizations wrestle with budgetary cuts in the poor economy, tech research firm Gartner is offering seven ways to reduce costs in the data center during the next 12 to 18 months.

Gartner research VP Rakesh Kumar released the list of practical recommendations Thursday to offer a hand to IT managers who have to deal with increasing computing demand while also trying to cut costs. "While responding to contracting budgets, IT managers are expected to deliver an ever-increasing level of service to users, and many are charged with showing tangible financial savings as part of cost-cutting measures," Kumar said in a statement.

First on Gartner's list is rationalizing all hardware. Such an action will help with asset and inventory management and provide a clear picture of the machines being used effectively and those that are not. In addition, rationalization can lower maintenance and support charges and lower energy costs, typically more than $400 per server, per year.

Overall, hardware rationalization projects yield savings of 5% to 10% of the overall hardware costs, Gartner said.

Second, Gartner recommends consolidating data center sites, which typically range from large, complex installations to small machine rooms. Such a move gets rid of redundant IT assets, software, maintenance and support, and disaster recovery contracts. Savings from consolidation can range from 5% to 15% of the overall data center budget.

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