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Re: Energy consumption vs % utilization?

  • From: Jack Bates
  • Date: Tue Oct 26 15:34:35 2004

Erik Haagsman wrote:

Which means you have to make sure the revenue generated by those 98% underutilized servers covers your powerbill and other expenses, preferrably leaving some headroom for a healthy profit margin. As
long as that's the case there's no real waste of energy, the services
people run on their servers are supposed to be worth the energy and other costs, whether they physically fully utilize their power or

Yet there are a lot of clusters which are designed for peak load, which will waste energy during non-peak hours. Developing an in-house system for shutting down power to excess servers in a cluster might increase the healthy profit margin.