Fewer Servers, More Sustainability

Renee Galgiani

Virtualization Comes with Energy Advantages

The more data we digitize in the healthcare industry, the more challenging it is to manage all the information.

Server virtualization – which uses software to perform the work of multiple servers on a single physical host server – has emerged as an efficient and effective solution to data management. Many organizations are experiencing the advantages, including reducing their formerly sprawling, cable-cluttered data centers, improving lost-data recovery capabilities and dramatically increasing utilization of server assets.

Now you can add this advantage to the list: environmental sustainability.

With many healthcare companies keeping a close eye on carbon footprint, the data center is a good place to look. Besides the physical space required of a server room, the electricity, heating and cooling requirements of operating physical servers also make a significant impact.

In a traditional, entirely physical server environment, a dedicated server is required to operate each individual function. So, some servers are working very hard while others are sitting idle most of the time. Virtualization allows you to get rid of your servers, which may be old, inefficient and underutilized  – and all the energy requirements that go with them.

Because of this energy-saving potential, some utility companies are also offering rebates to help offset the costs of converting to virtualization technology.

So if your organization is among those that haven’t adopted virtualization, it might be time to give this green technology the green light. For more information about the benefits of virtualization, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star site has some helpful insights here.

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