Despite growing awareness of the need to adopt more environmentally friendly IT practices, a quarter of firms (26%) admit to having done next to nothing to green their IT, according a PMP Research study commissioned by the Evaluation Centre. But others are doing more, with 16% of respondents claiming to be ‘very actively’ pursing environmental improvements and a further 14% characterising themselves as ‘actively’ looking to green their IT. For those businesses that have engaged with the need to green, the survey found that organisations are hitting problems with their physical datacentre environment as they try to re-engineer their IT infrastructure. The key constraints are lack of available space for new infrastructure, cited by 44% of respondents, coupled with a shortage of power capacity, mentioned by 38%. The need to reduce heating and cooling requirements is also an issue for 40% of respondents, while 22% mention the high cost of property as a limiting factor. The survey also suggests that centralising the IT function is also gaining momentum, with 34% of companies already having a fully centralised IT environment and a further 48% moving in this direction. The key drivers are to save costs, improve efficiency and provide a more secure environment.
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