Green IT is high on the radar for Indian firms

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SummaryToday, green is not just important, it is mandatory.

Today, green is not just important, it is mandatory. CIOs are being challenged to rethink their data centre strategies, adding energy efficiency to a list of critical operating parameters that already includes serviceability, reliability and performance. A data centre is a facility that centralises an organisation’s IT operations and equipment, and where it stores, manages, and disseminates its data. A green initiative can help a company regain power and cooling capacity, recapture resiliency and help meet business needs—while, at the same time, dramatically reducing energy costs and the total cost of ownership, says Lingraju Sawkar, director, Integrated Technology Services, Global Technology Services, IBM India/South Asia.

In a recent interaction, he tells Sudhir Chowdhary that the potential for the deployment of green solutions is huge in India. Excerpts:

What are the key factors that CIOs evaluate when investing into building a data centre for the future?

The explosion of assets has increased the complexity of the IT environment, raising operational and administrative costs and reducing infrastructure productivity. Right now, technology leaders are challenged to manage sprawling, complex distributed infrastructures and an ever growing tidal wave of data, while remaining highly responsive to business demands. IT is also important to have the right processes running and managing the data centre.

Today, there are several factors which a CIO evaluates before investing in building a data centre. Some of these are—IT adoption roadmap in his enterprise for next 3-6 years; energy efficient solutions to reduce overall cost; IT availability and business continuity needs; number of data centre sites to achieve IT resiliency. Some other key factors are in regard to how much modularity he can bring in a data centre; should he focus on internal

capabilities to build/manage a data centre? Or outsource to a partner? Also, there are other factors such as strong disaster recovery strategy to combat any disruption, the day-to-day operation and management of the data centre (both IT and non IT equipment).

Earlier, most IT infrastructures were not built to support the explosive growth in computing capacity and information that we see today. Many data centres have become highly distributed and somewhat fragmented. As a result, they are limited in their ability to change quickly and support the integration of new technologies and lacks scalability to support business needs.

How do companies that adopt green technology are able to cut costs and increase their asset value?

In a typical large data centre in India, every

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