Strategic sustainability and operational efficiency dilemma of data centres
by Alan D. Smith
International Journal of Business Information Systems (IJBIS), Vol. 8, No. 2, 2011

Abstract: The core discussion is based on three large service companies that were analysed from a case study-perspective in terms of green energy options for its data centres, especially maintenance efforts to increase efficiency of their data centres while maintaining required levels of reliability and cooling. The components of operational effectiveness and strategy broke down into many parts. Following strategic initiatives and balancing the operational effectiveness of the firms studied, it was suggested that these trends should generate vastly different sources of competitive advantage like networking economies of scale, new opportunities for the purely physical business to a more green-based IT to eliminate distribution channels that only provide information, changes in brand identity, and reduced operating costs.

Online publication date: Tue, 30-Sep-2014

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