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Quick Note: Gartner Data Center 2008

December 5, 2008 Leave a comment

Just got back from the Gartner data center 2008 show.  Attendance was slightly down this year, but only by about 10 percent or so.  Not bad for the economy we’re in.  I’m going to be posting a lot more thoughts about the show over the next week, but one thing that really stood out was the hardcore interest in attendees for energy efficiency, much moreso than ever before.

Why?  The economy.  Suddenly the money isn’t there for customers to spend tens of millions of dollars on new data centers.  They are being forced to be more efficient than ever before.  For all the talk about Green IT, as Gartner analyst Lydia Leong put it yesterday, “Green is the color of money.”

Carl Claunch gave a speech on 10 disruptive technologies on the horizon.  This was intersting, but I think what was more interesting was the elephant in the room: the economy is the one big disruptive event that is forcing the issue, causing a hunger for practical, tactical ways to improve efficiency.

Dave Cappuccio’s session on energy efficiency was so packed that they had to adjust the agenda on the fly and schedule a second session, which is unheard of at these shows.  The Green Grid* session was similarly full, as even analysts were in there taking notes.

This efficiency thing is for real…it’s going to get more intense over the next couple of years.  More to follow.

*Disclosure: The Green Grid is a WhiteLeaf client.

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