In GCN, writer Kathleen Hickey says that researchers have come up with two solutions for unused computing systems when it comes to government data centers. The first is to use distributed computing to eliminate the need for separate computers for different tasks. The second is to turn servers on and off depending on capacity needs.
Of course, that depends on being able to locate the individual servers in the first place, and as we've said before, that is often the biggest challenge. I think that the most viable third option, which can work with either or both of the previous options, is to tag and track data center assets throughout their life-cycles.
RFID tracking is now being leveraged by many data center operations teams to manage assets and automate the previous manual process leading to increased accuracy and productivity. It takes 10 percent of the time to perform an inventory audit using RFID technology that it used to take with manual processes.