What does server refresh and a Boeing 747 have in common?

If you’re like me, the impact of any data point in a given new article, business report etc is much greater when it’s put in relative terms – items that we come across in everyday life.

Take IT spending trends and how many server refresh plans were delayed due to economic conditions in 2009, and some of the operating cost reduction opportunities left on the table.

In a Gartner Research press release last October. “...approximately 1 million servers have had their replacement delayed by a year. That is 3 percent of the global installed base. In 2010, it will be at least 2 million.” (http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1209913)

So let’s look at how much power could have been saved in 2009, using the Xeon® ROI Estimator:

On March 30th, 2009, we launched the Xeon® 5500 processor, which enables up to a 9:1 refresh consolidation ratio over single-core servers purchased in 2005.  If those 1 million servers were refreshed on day of launch and consolidated on Xeon® 5500 servers (again, at a 9:1 ratio), then the industry could have collectively saved a total of 6.2 BILLION kWh of electricity annually – or the average power output of five (5) Boeing 747s!

2009 is behind us, but the business value and power reduction opportunities get even more interesting in 2010.  With the recently-launched Xeon® 5600 processors, the operational cost reduction opportunities are even more compelling, as the performance and energy efficiency improvements enable up to a 15:1 consolidation ratio over single-core servers.  There’s a lot more Boeing 747s out there…

What’s your 2010 opportunity?  Check it out for yourself using the updated Xeon® ROI Estimator tool.