Vanderbilt University, Oregon see Savings With Virtualization

Vanderbilt University, Oregon see Savings With Virtualization

Nashville's Vanderbilt University and the state of Oregon have started data center virtualization projects.

Vanderbilt's Information Technology Services organization is using server virtualization, the process of hosting virtual servers on physical ones, to reduce energy use.

"The more physical servers we have, the more our power costs go up and the more our heat profile goes up. It's not very green," said Matthew Jett Hall, Information Technology Services' assistant vice chancellor.

Hosting fewer physical servers and equipment leads to less energy consumed and less heat produced, which also leads to less energy used for cooling the devices.

Information Technology Services officials utilized server virtualization for 35 percent of the servers they manage, a move they estimate has been saving 20,575 watts per hour. Officials hope to eventually use server virtualization for up to 80 percent of their servers.

The state of Oregon is undertaking a much larger consolidation, combining 11 separate state agency data centers by June 2009. The centers will be combined at a new data center in Salem, the state capital, and the project includes utilizing virtualization for storage and servers.

The $43 million project is expected to save $10 million to $12 million per year once complete, and reduce power consumption by 30 or 35 percent.
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