Until recently, many organisations didn't have to think about their data centre infrastructure more than once a decade. As long as there was enough space to house the new server rack, cooling and power needs would work themselves out. But those times are quickly passing as the demand for computing power increases and puts a strain on electricity supplies.
According to market research firm IDC, computer support infrastructure needed to house and run servers is second only to system price among the concerns of data centre managers. Steve Conway, a research vice president for high-performance computing at IDC, says, "These issues were at the number-12 position just three to four years ago, which means they were a non-issue."
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