energy-consumption

Google data center electricity usage

Posted in energy-consumption, google on September 8th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Google discloses its data center electricity usage statistics as the company increases transparency to its carbon footprint.  …

…   “it used 2.6 million megawatt-hours of electricity. Most of that amount went to run its massive data center footprint … “   …

via ZDNet: Google energy consumption.

Intel LEED Gold Green Building

Posted in ashrae, building, certification, education, energy-consumption, green-data-center, green-design, green-power, intel, leed-certification, leed-gold, power-consumption, processor, reduce-power-consumption, sustainability, sustainable-design, xeon on April 22nd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Intel Corp achieves LEED Gold at its Haifa, Israel Design Center 9, IDC 9, which will open in June. The building deploys multiple strategies for sustainability in its design and construction, including a Xeon processor-based data center that significantly reduces power consumption. …

… “Securing a Gold-level rating – one of the highest level LEED certifications – IDC 9 is the first building in Israel to receive this level of recognition for sustainable construction.

The sustainable design of IDC 9 results in a net 17 percent reduction in total building energy use as compared with ordinary buildings built, according to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 90.1-2007 standard.

IDC 9 is the marquee of Intel sites striving to meet international green building standards. ” …

Via Intel: Green Building Receives LEED Gold Cert

Intel Haifa Design Center is built with a sustainable design

Federal Data Center Consolidation Plan to Reduce Footprint and Energy Consumption

Posted in consolidation, education, energy-consumption, federal-it, footprint on March 3rd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Federal data center energy consumption can be addressed through consolidation plan so that unconstrained growth is managed more efficiently and effectively. …

… “INITIAL DATA CENTER CONSOLIDATION PLAN: Agencies will develop an initial data center consolidation plan by June 30, 2010. This plan will identify potential areas for consolidation, areas where optimization through server virtualization or cloud computing alternatives may be used, and a high-level roadmap for transitioning to the consolidated end-state architecture. 3. FINAL ASSET INVENTORY BASELINE: Agencies will collect the final asset inventory baseline containing more detailed information by July 30, 2010. This will serve as the foundation for developing the final data center consolidation plans.” …

Via Office of Management and Budget: Data Center Consolidation (PDF)

Raritan Rack Power Metering for Data Centers

Posted in alerts, efficiency, energy-consumption, notifications, power-management, power-measurement, power-meters, power-utilization, raritan, uptime on October 27th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Raritan launches smart inline power meters, the Dominion PX-3000 Series, for rack data collection capabilities. …

… “Dominion PX-3000 intelligent inline power meters also enable: Increasing uptime through power metering and standards-based threshold/alerting for notifications prior to branch circuit breakers failing; Driving data center efficiency behavior by collecting energy consumption (kwh) data for internal or customer bill back; Improving power utilization by metering to identify additional power capacity (find stranded power) and maximize utilization of existing sites, delaying large capital expenditures for new sites; Raritan’s intelligent power meters uniquely provide real-time information to help make data center decisions, such as where servers should be placed for optimal efficiency. If power or environmental user-defined thresholds are exceeded, PX-3000 sends email-based alerts in addition to SNMP Traps. ” …

Via Raritan: Intelligent Inline-Meter Rack PDUs for Data Center IT Equipment

Green IT Strategy Gaining Priority

Posted in carbon-footprint, comptia, e-waste, energy-consumption, green-behaviors, green-it-strategy, information-technology, power-management, strategies, survey on October 20th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

CompTIA takes pulse of the information technology organization to understand the priority of green IT strategies and sees rising momentum for sustainability in IT. …

… “According to the study, 60 percent of organizations have in place either a partial or comprehensive green IT strategy covering issues such as energy consumption, equipment usage, recycling, carbon footprint and green behaviors. Three in four organizations conduct ad hoc or annual audits to ensure proper e-waste recycling and disposal practices, and nearly as many (72%) conduct audits to assess their energy consumption/power management. Seventy-seven percent of organizations expect to have a comprehensive green IT strategy within the next five years, the study found. ” …

Via CompTIA: Survey Shows Green IT Commitment

Intelligent PC Power Management

Posted in applications, conservation, energy-consumption, pc, personal-computers, power-conservation, power-down, power-management, software on October 16th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Smart power management for personal computers identifies opportunities for power conservation and takes action without negative impacts on systems. …

… “For example, they can locate systems with hibernation disabled and re-enable it. They can shut down applications and save files before powering down the system. ” …

Via InfoWorld: Centralized PC power managers

Wireless Sensor Networks

Posted in data-center, energy-consumption, energy-management, integration, operations, power-analysis, sensors, sentilla, wireless-sensor-network on September 9th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

As intelligence moves to the edge via sensors, energy management in the data center can be accomplished via wireless networks that integrate sensor data. …

… “Don’t be surprised to see data center operators increasingly turning to wireless sensor networks to cut energy consumption. ” …

Via Reuters: Wireless for Data Center Energy Management

Third party integration for power consumption visibility …

Sentilla Integrates Third-Party Devices: “new release brings a consolidated view of power use of all the equipment in the data center. IT managers can now obtain all the energy information in the data center, whether from Sentilla’s Power Analysis Unit or other, third-party equipment, integrated in one standardized format for a single, combined view. “

Energy-Efficient Basic Operations

Posted in basics, energy-consumption, energy-efficiency, energy-star-for-servers, power-utilization, savings, server-efficiency, utilization, virtualization on September 7th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

While labeling of servers with the Energy-star designation is a step in the right direction, the information technology space has plenty more room left to leverage the basics of server utilization, virtualization, and consolidation to make energy efficiency gains. …

… “many IT shops still need to implement the basic operational improvements that often cost little yet yield big savings in energy consumption … ” …

Via Computerworld: Energy-efficient servers

Green Government IT

Posted in conservation, energy-consumption, government, information-technology, power-down, power-savings on August 27th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

With the size of government, small changes in energy consumption can offer significant savings. …

… “With an estimated cost of $0.10 per kWh, the government could save $23,400 in one night, from an act as simple as pressing off buttons or adjusting power settings. ” …

Via Washington Technology: Green Government

Manage the Cloud for Energy Efficiency Optimization

Posted in automation, ca-computer-associates, capacity, energy-consumption, energy-efficiency, management, management-tools, power-utilization, streamlining on August 13th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

CA provides automation and management support for Amazon’s SaaS architecture, that supports better asset utilization and energy management as required. …

… “increase efficiency and reduce costs by streamlining processes, improving server utilization, and optimizing energy consumption patterns by provisioning capacity to Amazon EC2; ” …

Via Computer Associates: Support for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Facilitates Automating and Managing Applications

In-Memory Performance Boosts Efficiency

Posted in cloud-computing, cost-effective, data-centers, energy-consumption, green-cloud, green-it-solutions, memory, numonyx, platform, server-efficiency, virident-systems on April 16th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Non-Volatile Memory for Data Center Efficiency
Numonyx and Virident Systems team up to integrate non-volatile memory solutions into the GreenCloud server platform. The memory will boost performance and improve the energy-efficiency of high-performance data centers and server clouds. …

… “Virident servers using Numonyx memory will enable dramatic increases in performance for in-memory applications, allowing data centers to meet growth demands of the Internet and cloud computing while managing tighter cost and energy budgets. ” …

Via Virident: Strategic Relationship to Deliver High-Performance, Energy-Efficient Systems for the Data Center

Wireless Sensor Network Senses Energy Hogs

Posted in arch-rock, energy-consumption, energy-optimization, energy-visibility, portal, sensors, utility-bill, visibility, wireless-sensor-network on April 14th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Arch Rock launches wireless energy monitoring system that provides visibility to energy consumption, enabling facility managers to address issues and improve efficiency. …

… “Energy Optimizer combines Arch Rock’s PhyNet IP-based enterprise-class wireless sensor network (WSN) technology, specialized circuit-mountable energy sensors, and a web-based Energy Visibility Portal. Data gathered by the sensors appears on the portal in the form of actionable reports revealing far more detail than a monthly utility bill: users can see exactly when and where a building is consuming energy, identify energy gluttons, find usage spikes and compare current usage against past baselines. ” …

Via Arch Rock: ENERGY-USAGE INFORMATION VIA IP-BASED WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORK