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Sustainability Dashboard Targets Enterprise PCs

Posted in controls, dashboard, enterprise, improvement, monitoring, pc, power-savings, reduce-power-consumption, report, sustainability, sustainability-dashboard, systems-software, verdiem on June 16th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Verdiem focuses its new release of the Sustainability Dashboard on PC Power Management. The City of Chicago has piloted the software to reduce PC energy usage by over thirty percent. The system supports improved policies, that turn off monitors after a period of inactivity and suspends PCs after a specified time period. …

Sustainability Dashboard Controls

… “Verdiem’s SURVEYOR enables customers to centrally control and reduce the energy used by PCs on their network by up to 60 percent without impacting end users or IT. The new SURVEYOR Sustainability Dashboard provides a flexible and easy-to-use reporting system that monitors and graphically reports how SURVEYOR is driving bottom line improvements and positively contributes to the environment. ” …

Via Verdiem: Real Energy Cost Savings

Sustainability Organization Researches Green IT and Drives Carbon Footprint Reductions

Posted in accelerate, achievement, carbon-footprint, controls, emissions, energy-consumption, software, strategies, strategy, sustainability, sustainability-initiative, sustainable-development on March 3rd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

SAP creates a Chief Sustainability Officer role and a sustainability organization that will provide oversight of the company’s ambitious goal to reduce its carbon footprint and enable customers to better manage their sustainable development. The CSO role will own development of sustainable business solutions for customers and will conduct research and development into green IT solutions that decrease the use of computing resources. …

… “In spite of the fact that SAP’s carbon footprint is usually smaller than that of organizations in other industries with similar revenue, the company is striving for significant reductions. After analyzing its global environmental footprint, SAP announced its commitment to a 51-percent reduction of its total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its year-2007 published baseline levels of 513,000t CO2 by year 2020. This will return SAP to its approximate year-2000 emissions level of 250,000t CO2. SAP initiated its first global GHG inventory in 2008 and will report performance and progress towards the target in its annual sustainability report. Using its own software solutions to monitor and manage its sustainability targets, SAP will achieve this reduction through significant abatement across all scopes of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the most widely used international carbon accounting tool. The target will apply not only to SAP’s own direct emissions, but also to indirect emissions such as business travel, which was 42 percent of SAP’s total footprint in 2007. The company’s reduction plans are based on aggressive abatement targets across direct and indirect emissions (scopes 1, 2 and 3 as defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the most widely used international carbon accounting tool), allowing offsets to be applied only to major indirect emissions sources that are out of the company’s direct control. SAP will focus on abatement over offsets and will pioneer and use new technologies that accelerate the abatement of carbon. It therefore does not plan to offset direct emissions or emissions related to energy consumption. ” …

Via SAP: Sustainable Business

DataCenter Research Projects

Posted in controls, datacenter, energy-efficiency, innovation, microsoft, processor, project, research, research-development, server-utilization on February 26th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Microsoft low-power processor research
Microsoft shares its research pipeline with employees at its internal TechFest. Data center efficiency is a hot topic with two research projects headlining. …

… “Two particular datacenter projects were on display: Closed-Loop Control Systems for the Datacenter, a project aimed at improving the energy efficiency of datacenters by selectively putting idle servers into a low-power state while maintaining service response times; Low-Power Processors for the Datacenter, an experiment to build a server from low-power processors and evaluate how well it runs some of the tasks typically performed in a datacenter, such as processing a large number of independent requests or running databases for a Web site; ” …

Via Microsoft: Research Innovations

The Virtual Datacenter through the Clouds

Posted in cloud-computing, controls, data-centers, datacenter, efficiency, infrastructure, interoperability, management, server-efficiency, services, vmware on February 24th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

VMware CEO Paul Maritz discusses the company’s strategy and roadmap for enabling the internal cloud computing infrastructure that inter-operates with external cloud services through a private cloud, sharing service capacity. …

… “Maritz discussed and demonstrated three key enabling components for building a private cloud: the complete virtualization of the datacenter through a Virtual Datacenter Operating System (VDC-OS), the extensions of the VDC-OS and the management layer to enable service providers to deliver external clouds and federate with internal clouds. A private cloud brings unprecedented levels of flexibility, control, efficiency, resiliency, and manageability to datacenters and allows any application – legacy, server-based, desktop or those built on new application frameworks – to be delivered as a service. ” …

Via VMware: Cloud Computing Initiatives

Sentilla Intelligent Power Strips

Posted in analysis, controls, data-centers, energy-consumption, energy-management, measurements, platform, sentilla, server-efficiency, technology-managers on February 7th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Sentilla power monitoring
Sentilla Corp debuts its Energy Manager system that monitors and analyzes the power profile of a data center. This tool enables IT management to understand power consumption and take action to improve energy efficiency. …

… “The core of Sentilla’s technology is a series of tiny microprocessors embedded in intelligent power strips that easily integrate into any existing data center, measuring energy consumption at the server level to generate an actionable profile of use in a single snapshot that can be remotely managed. With the resulting insight into real-world conditions directly at the source of power activity, change or consumption, Sentilla’s platform enables users to take control of their energy use and carbon footprint. ” …

Via Sentilla: Energy Measurement and Management Platform for Data Centers

Hot Aisle Cold Aisle Data Center Cooling Configuration

Posted in air-conditioning, aisle-configuration, challenge, configuration-management, controls, cooling-system, cost-benefits, data-center-costs, power-utilization on January 3rd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Green Data Center Options
Options for green data centers are discussed, with ideas ranging from the cooling configuration to increasing utilization maximizing the return of each kilowatt of power. …

… “Well, that’s the challenge for Stewart and other engineers. One solution: using a hot aisle-cold aisle system to help control A.C. costs. ” …

Via PBS Nightly Business Report: Cost of Data Centers

PC Energy Monitoring

Posted in automation, carbon-dioxide-emissions, climate-change, co2-emissions, controls, eco-friendly, edison, emissions, energy-consumption, energy-monitoring, initiatives, management, microsoft, operations, pc, personal-computers, power-consumption, power-efficiency, power-management, savings, software, ups, verdiem on August 22nd, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Verdiem releases Edison software application that provides power management features, such as scheduling, power setting automation, and power savings reports. …

PC Power Management

… “Edison software product, a free energy monitoring application that allows eco-conscious consumers to actively control their PC’s energy consumption – and their household’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Made for the Windows operating system, Edison enhances existing PC power settings and provides a consumer-friendly interface that is easy to set up and manage. The Edison application is supported by Microsoft as an easy way for consumers to become active in supporting the Climate Savers Computing Initiative goal of reducing global CO2 emissions from the operation of computers by 54 million tons by 2010. Verdiem is challenging PC users to do their part and download 10 million copies of Edison (approximately 1 percent of the global PC population) in the next year. ” …

Via Verdiem: Power Management for PC Networks