Managing the real costs of running a cloud

At what point does cost management—the business of tracking usage and billing—really come into play in the data center?

The New York Times recently ran a year-long study examining the wastefulness of server-filled data centers, where online companies expend as much as 90 percent of the electricity they pull off the grid simply running data centers at full capacity to ensure availability, even if they’re only using a fraction of the capacity at any given time.

This is just one example of the inefficiency and high cost of maintaining a data center—a reality for most large enterprises and service providers. And then there are all the costs that aren’t as easy to measure effectively. More >


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