Q: Has there been any discussion or interest in the carbon tax liability of the systems, or the carbon footprint?
The more power we use in the data center, the more carbon we're generating. That has an effect on two levels. The first is that if we're generating more power in the data center, we're going to have costs. The second is that a lot of companies are now reporting their carbon footprint in terms of "We use this much power. We're doing this to help reduce the use of power and our impact on the environment because of corporate social responsibility." So how does that tie in with you buying 400 blades or 300 servers for your virtualization project? What's the big picture from a corporate social responsibility level and an operational level?
This was first published in February 2008