Gartner Press Release, 3/2/11
Gartner Says More Than 50 Percent of Data Centers to Incorporate High-Density Zones by Year-End 2015
Key Issues Facing Data Center Industry to Be Examined at Gartner Infrastructure, Operations & Data Center Summit, March 15-16, in Sydney
The fastest-growing segment of the server market is the high-density blade sector, meaning that high-density zones will need to be incorporated into most data centers during the next five years, according to Gartner, Inc. Through 2015, 50 percent of data centers will have a high-density zone, up from fewer than 10 percent in 2010.
Traditional data centers built as recently as five years ago were designed to have a uniform energy distribution of around 2 kilowatts (kW) to 4kW per rack. With the increasing use of high-density blade systems, this design envelope is no longer sufficient. Gartner analysts said that high-density zones will provide the best method to balance the power and cooling requirements of different IT equipment (servers, storage and networking boxes) in the same physical data center, leading to energy cost optimization.