Server virtualization

Building energy efficient and high performance data centers to save total cost of ownership

Mueen Uddin, Azizah Abdul Rahman, Raed Alsaqour

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Abstract

The rapid increase in the capacity and size of data centers due to continuous increase in the number of servers and other IT equipment's is causing a tremendous increase in the demand for energy supply. All data centers are plagued with thousands of servers as major components. These servers consume huge energy without performing useful work. In an average server environment, 30% of servers are "dead" only consuming energy, without being properly utilized with utilization ratio of 5 to 10%. Server virtualization contributes to this problem by offering an opportunity to consolidate multiple underutilized volume servers into single physical server, thereby reducing physical and environmental footprint of data centers. This paper suggests a new technique called server virtualization to be implemented in server-based environments to achieve energy efficient data centers. The proposed methodology increases the utilization ratio of underutilized servers up to 50%, saving huge amount of energy and at the same time reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2618-2626
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Review on Modelling and Simulations
Volume5
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

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Keywords

  • Consolidation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy efficient data centers
  • Global warming
  • Server virtualization

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  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Server virtualization : Building energy efficient and high performance data centers to save total cost of ownership. / Uddin, Mueen; Rahman, Azizah Abdul; Alsaqour, Raed.

In: International Review on Modelling and Simulations, Vol. 5, No. 6, 12.2012, p. 2618-2626.

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