The second annual study found that data center managers are caught between two conflicting goals – more demanding user expectations and higher levels of performance, yet reducing costs remain the primary objective for the data center. The report also found that data center staffing remains problematic, servers and storage continue to be underutilized and disaster recovery plans are out of date. Finally, the respondents indicated that while they are pursuing green data center initiatives, they are doing so primarily based on cost benefits.And notes that they're attempting to do so using familiar-sounding tools:
The major server-related initiatives include server consolidation (80 percent) and server virtualization (77 percent).
Or see the full PDF version of the 2008 State of the Data Center report (pdf)