blog How much impact will the Federal Government’s so-called Carbon Tax have on server hosting costs? According to Aidan Tudehope, the managing director of Macquarie Telecom’s hosting division, quite a lot. Tudehope has published a decent analysis of the situation on the blog of Macquarie Telecom-associated cloud computing provider Ninefold. A useful excerpt:
“Lets select one of the most common servers available today, HP’s Proliant DL380 G7 (with say 2 Quad Core; 2 DDR-3; 2 HHD; 2 Power Supplies). Simple enough. This server consumes 256 watts, which at 16c/kwh costs approximately 4c/hr to run. So far this doesn’t sound much but these few cents add up to over $350 every year.
But don’t forget that servers create heat (that’s why they have fans (and sometimes big ones) at the rear) which needs to be cooled. If you are housing your servers in your office, then you will be using at least the same amount of power to cool the servers as it takes to run them. In many case even more. So we now add another $350 to cool the server – ouch!
Add a little for the new Carbon Tax, say 12% or $84 pa. We are now at $784 just for the power to run (and cool) a server for a year. But no one has 1 server, well not the last time I checked. In fact you can pack 42 servers into a compute rack and draw 10KW, and for that privilege, you’ll be writing a cheque to your local power company for over $32,000 every year.
Now that’s real money, and a real carbon footprint.”
It seems reasonably clear that the Carbon Tax will have an impact on Australian server hosting costs, and of course datacentre costs in general. Consequently, I’m sure chief information officers and IT managers all around the nation are currently calculating that cost and discussing it with their chief financial officers. Not fun; but of course, there is an argument to be made that there is a great deal of long-term value in environmental initiatives such as this; and everyone has to do their part. Just another rationale for rationalising your server footprint a little further, perhaps ;)