Intel now has a goal of saving nearly $250 million in data center costs within the next eight years, according to a statement made Tuesday by a company executive. Diane Bryant, chief information officer for Intel, announced at an event that Intel has already halved the number of data servers used by the company, and Intel continues researching ways to consolidate further. At its height, 147 data centers were in use, whereas today’s number hovers near 70.
The four year refresh cycle for data center servers is one way that Intel plans to cut data center costs. The refresh cycle was initiated in 2007, and has already made a difference in Intel’s budget, according to Bryant. The costs of maintaining data centers include support, system maintenance, and cooling.» Read more