Saving energy is about more than saving trees. Although the environment clearly benefits from power-saving measures, the bigger story is one of opportunity for your organization. That's because solutions that improve energy efficiency often usher in new ways to enhance operational efficacy and drive innovation.

Helping you use resources more intelligently is our goal at Dell. By doing so, you'll be much better positioned to:

  • Grow without worrying about data capacity limits
  • Spend less time and money on day-to-day IT nuisances
  • Improve business continuity
  • Address government and stakeholder calls for energy efficiency improvements
  • Operate flexibly and at the speed of business

Smart Servers for Smart Business

A new generation of servers can help you realize the most performance per watt — as well as superior value and flexibility — possible. Take our blade servers, for example. An enclosure full of blades is rather like having a streamlined data center — including servers, cables and switches — but with a much smaller footprint. Because the chassis provides shared power, cooling and management, you lower your electricity needs and costs while gaining more space and processing power. And because less time and money is spent on management, your IT staff productivity is greatly increased.
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In fact, a 2010 study found that Dell blades can consume up to 20 percent less power per blade server than identically configured competitive offerings while also delivering considerable performance-per-watt advantages.*

The Power of Virtualization

Another powerful action you can take is to ensure that your organization is getting the most it can out of virtualization, which decouples software applications and services from hardware. Reduced power consumption is one benefit, but there are many more, such as conserved space and resources, greater computing flexibility and improved return on investment (ROI). Virtualization is on the rise — analyst firm Gartner expects more than 50 percent of server workloads to be virtualized by the end of 2012, compared to 16 percent in 2009 — and is also poised to spread rapidly to a broad cross section of mission-critical business functions. Those who stand still will be left behind. 
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Not only that, but research shows that merely keeping systems up and running is expensive — for example, it monopolizes an average of 70 percent of IT budgets in North America** — leaving fewer resources available to focus on core business and strategy. With an infrastructure ready to operate at the speed of virtualization, strategic initiatives don't have to take a backseat to maintenance.

Another advantage of going virtual is that it makes complying with government mandates concerning privacy, security and auditing more manageable. It's easier and more cost-effective to set and enforce policies and configure software from a central, common console than in a distributed manner.

Take AIM at Virtualization

The first step is to make sure your infrastructure is optimized for virtualization. The Dell™ Advanced Infrastructure Management (AIM) architecture can help you achieve this. AIM represents our unique approach to infrastructure management, focusing on maximum flexibility and scalability. It 'future proofs' your data center by supporting open standards, offering rapid provisioning, supporting heterogeneous devices from different vendors and enabling strategic rollouts across an organization.

Because fewer servers are needed, AIM will improve your energy efficiency. But it will also deliver maximum ROI through reduced capital and operational expenditures, lower software licensing fees and enhanced operational efficiencies. Other benefits are priceless — for example, improved business continuity through minimized downtime, quicker response times for service requests from business units and the overall ability to respond more rapidly to the changing needs of your organization.
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*Based on SPECpower_ssj2008 benchmark testing performed by Dell labs in July 2010 and reported in a white paper, "Power Efficiency Comparison of Enterprise-Class Blade Servers and Enclosures,", comparing a Dell M1000e enclosure fully populated with 16 M610 blade servers against both the IBM® BladeCenter H enclosure fully populated with 14 HS22 blade servers and the Hewlett-Packard® C7000 enclosure fully populated with 16 BL460C G6 blade servers. Actual results/performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

**Source: “2007 Enterprise IT Budget Outlook: North America,” Forrester Research