Investments in upgrading data centers will jump from $7.5 billion this year to $41.4 billion in 2015, according to a report by Pike Research. That increase represents a compound annual growth rate for the green data center market of just under 33% between 2009 and 2015. By 2015, green data center technologies will represent more than one-quarter of the data center market.
The IT industry accounts for 2% of carbon emissions worldwide. This has put pressure on IT organizations to focus on implementing solutions that will reduce energy costs and carbon emissions associated with their data centers.
Pike Research’s Green Data Centers analysis also notes that responsibility for energy efficiency has sometimes fallen in between IT and facilities management personnel, a situation that is likely to change.