Green Data Center Measurements

Posted in green-data-center, metrics on May 20th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

A number of metrics are important to the measurement and improvement of green data center performance.  PUE measures the efficient use of energy, while other metrics take a more-specific or holistic approach to measurement.  …

…   “CUE is a ratio of the total carbon emissions due to the energy consumption of the data center (the same one used for the PUE of it) compared to the energy consumption of the data center’s servers … “   …

via GigaOm: 7 Green Data Center Metrics.

Facebook Open Compute Project Hacks Infrastructure for Energy Efficiency

Posted in data-center, data-center-design, data-center-efficiency-program, facebook, green-data-center, green-design, green-power, reduce-power-consumption on April 8th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Facebook’s Prineville data center has reduced its energy consumption by 38 percent and delivers the same work as the company’s existing facilities.

Facebook is sharing its achievements through the Open Compute Project to collaborate with the technology industry on sustainable practices in the green data center.  …

…   “As a first step, we are publishing specifications and mechanical designs for the hardware used in our data center, including motherboards, power supply, server chassis, server rack, and battery cabinets.

In addition, we’re sharing our data center electrical and mechanical construction specifications.

This technology enabled the Prineville data center to achieve an initial power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratio of 1.07, compared with an average of 1.5 for our existing facilities.”   …

Via Facebook: Efficient Data Centers.

Green data center achieves 1.14 PUE

Posted in ambient-air-cooling, cooling-system, green-data-center on December 6th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

using ambient cooling system.

SAP Green Data Center

Posted in green-data-center, sap on December 2nd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

SAP data center is certified an energy efficient.

UMass Medical Green Data Center Recognition

Posted in air-economizers, ambient-air-cooling, data-center-design, green-data-center, green-design, recognition on November 2nd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

UMass Medical is recognized by State of Massachusetts for its sustainability achievements.  …

…   “Opening a new green data center that uses 40 percent less energy than the old system. … “   …

Via Worcester Business Journal: Sustainability Recognition.

The green data center design includes use of ambient air for cooling.  …

…   “Additional reductions in energy consumption will be achieved by employing air-side economizing technology, which uses outdoor air for cooling the indoor space. Thus, chilled water for air conditioning will be required only during 25 percent of the year. “   …

Via UMass Med: Data Center Energy Efficiency.

Yahoo Green Data Center, New York

Posted in ambient-air-cooling, data-center-design, green-data-center, green-design, pc, pue, state-new-york, yahoo on September 20th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Yahoo’s new green data center design goes into operations in NY.  The datacenter will leverage ambient air for cooling and is reported to achieve a PUE rating of 1.08.  …

…   “The Yahoo Computing Coop design earned a $9.9 million sustainability grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. An average of less than 1 cent of every dollar spent on electricity will go toward cooling “   …

Via AP: Yahoo NY Data Center.

Brocade Custom In-Row Cooling System Enables Green Data Center

Posted in air-economizers, brocade, cooling-system, data-center-design, education, green-data-center, green-design, green-power, low-power on September 14th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Custom Mechanical Systems and Critchfield Mechanical collaborate to create advanced in-row cooling technology installation for Brocade’s green data center in San Jose.  …

…   “The Brocade San Jose-based data center incorporates technology from CMS and CMI that provides a cutting-edge in-row cooling system with water-side economizer to minimize fan usage and maximize efficiency, saving half a megawatt of energy at full build-out. 

The custom cooling system from CMS and CMI has played a key role in the Brocade data center, featuring fan efficiencies superior to all other cooling options available on the market today.  

Brocade’s data center and its use of custom in-row cooling units, coupled with a highly efficient chilled water plant inclusive of a water-side economizer, provides a mechanical system with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of less than 1.3. 

Data centers of this size typically have a PUE of greater than 1.5. 

To ensure a fully-customizable and flexible product, multiple iterations of the design were produced in order to meet Brocade’s specifications; 

CMS also worked with the construction team to design features that will simplify maintenance and improve reliability. 

These features include:

  • variable speed ECM motors, 
  • fan redundancy, and a 
  • low-cost maintenance design. ”   …

Via Custom Mechanical Systems: Brocade San Jose Data Center.

Custom Mechanical Systems.

Critchfield Mechanical.

In-Row Cooling and Water Economizer Enables Green Data Center Design

Posted in air-economizers, brocade, cooling-system, data-center-design, green-data-center, green-design, in-row-cooling, water-economizer on August 19th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Brocade integrates green technology into its new datacenter design in San Jose.  …

… “opted for in-row cooling technology, developed by Custom Mechanical Systems, along with water-side economizer technology to help minimize fan usage … ” …

Via ZDNet: Brocade Data Center.

Custom Mechanical Systems.

Discussion of economizers in data center cooling architectures.

Green Data Center Revolution

Posted in green-data-center, save-energy, sun-microsystems on August 17th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Paul Tatum, Director of Systems Engineering, at Sun Microsystems presents Saving Energy and Maximizing the ROI in the Data Center.

Energy-aware green data center network through intelligent power discovery

Posted in energy-aware, green-data-center, green-it-solutions, green-power, hp-hewlett-packard, power-discovery, servers on June 23rd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

HP delivers its roadmap of converged infrastructure that integrates power discovery to provide transparency into energy performance.  …

…   “HP Intelligent Power Discovery: Eliminates over-provisioning in the data center: Accurate and timely power usage data and control can save companies millions of dollars in data center energy costs.

HP Intelligent Power Discovery is an industry-first advancement for green data centers that creates an automated, energy-aware network between HP ProLiant servers third-party facility management tools and data center power grids.

Expanding on HP’s Data Center Smart Grid solutions, the software provides greater transparency and insight into power usage by creating a real-time, graphical map of energy usage across servers and facilities.

By accurately provisioning energy, clients can extend the lives of their data centers and save up to $5 million per every 1,000 servers in one year. “   …

Via HP: Converged Infrastructure.

Intelligent power discovery.

Ultra-efficient data center initiative

Posted in country-canada, data-center-design, green-data-center, green-design, green-it-initiatives, green-power, supercomputer on June 22nd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

The San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego and CLUMEQ, a Canadian High Performance Computing consortium, will collaborate to design an ultra-efficient data center as part of a program to promote green IT initiatives.  …

… “Under the partnership, SDSC and CLUMEQ/McGill University researchers will design and build a business case and a conceptual design for a jointly-managed, ultra-efficient data center to be built in Quebec, which has an abundance of green hydroelectric power and an ideally suited cool climate that can provide free cooling to the data center’s high-performance computer systems for much of the year.

Hydro Quebec, Quebec’s state-owned utility, Rumsey Engineering of Oakland, California, and ClimateCHECK, an Ottawa-based firm specializing in green house gas ( GHG ) emission standards and measurement, are collaborating on the project. “   …

Via SDSC: Green Data Center (Link).

Modular cooling systems in the data center

Posted in cooling-system, data-center, green-data-center on June 5th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Modular cooling has can reduce energy consumption significantly while offering a coefficient of performance (COP) much higher than current approaches. …