How Zombie Servers Are Wreaking Havoc Inside Data Centers

Categories: InfrastructureBy Published On: September 27th, 2017156 words
Zombie Servers

Zombie servers are infesting data centers around the world.

These comatose devices suck up power and valuable space with little to no visibility. With data center operators facing growing cost restraints and energy efficiency targets, it’s become critical to identify and eradicate these servers immediately. Our CMO, Rajan Sodhi explains in DatacenterDynamics how zombie servers wreak havoc inside data centers and what operators can do about it.


One estimate suggests there are now over 10 million zombie servers worldwide, wasting the electric equivalent generated by eight major power plants. A recent research paper by research fellows Jonathan Koomey and Jon Taylor at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance revealed that 30 percent of servers are comatose, suggesting that almost one-third of capital in enterprise data centers is wasted. Research by Koomey also underscored the security risk posed by zombie servers—both virtual and physical—because they aren’t patched and maintained. Read More

About the Author: Rajan Sodhi
Chief Marketing Officer at Hyperview, a next generation DCIM software provider.
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