measurements

Simple green techniques deployed in Google’s data centers

Posted in energy-efficient, energy-monitoring, google, green-data-center, measurements, technologies on May 10th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Google uses simple techniques to green its datacenters and measures its performance improvement. …

… “Beyond using energy-efficient technologies, Weihl talked up the importance of measuring and monitoring. ” …

Via InfoWorld: Google’s green data centers

Measuring Data Center Energy Efficiency

Posted in energy-information, green-power, measurements, measuring, metrics, pue on April 3rd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Industry participants agree on standard measure of data center efficiency, PUE. …

… “The participants have agreed to adopt Power Usage Effectiveness, or PUE, as their preferred energy efficiency metric, the statement says. PUE, which was developed by the Green Grid, divides the total energy consumed by a data center by the amount of energy used to power the IT equipment. ” …

Via Computerworld: Data center efficiency metric agreement

Sustainable IT: Measure Data Center Efficiency

Posted in benchmarks, data-center, dcie, efficiency, measurements, pue, sustainability on July 24th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Data center power growth requires the use of measures to benchmark performance and to identify proxy metrics for the true efficiency. …

… “The PUE/DCE gained broad acceptance because of the relative ease with which organizations could compile data. It was also useful because it allowed companies to measure their efficiency against that of their peers. ” …

Via Mondaq: Sustainable IT

Calculate Green IT CO2 Impact

Posted in analytical-tools, calculation, carbon-dioxide-emissions, carbon-footprint, co2-emissions, entuity, green-it-strategy, impact, measurements, metrics, savings on June 3rd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Entuity has launched its Green IT Calculator, which enables an enterprise to understand its green IT opportunity and potential carbon footprint improvement. …

Savings calculator

… “Entuity’s Green IT Calculator quantifies the environmental impact a green IT strategy could have via CO2 reduction metrics and what those savings would equate to in terms of number of cars taken off the road and acres of forest saved. ” …

Via Entuity: Calculator

Smart Metering Data Center Energy

Posted in data-center, energy-usage, measurements, metrics, pue, smart-meter, smart-sensors, teridian, tracking on May 12th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Data centers must work towards creating the measurement of baseline energy performance, such as the PUE metric. The use of smart meters may be the key enabler to sustain the tracking of energy consumption. Teridian is leveraging its strengths in smart meters for the electric power industry to create an offering for the data center market. If the measurement process is simple and built-into the data center infrastructure, it increases the likelihood that performance improvement will remain visible and be sustained. …

… “Teridian CEO Gerald Fitch: However, energy usage tracking and measurement has typically been focused on the infrastructure, or the building. The next step is to look at the data center from the inside out, measuring how the equipment inside of the building is using energy. A new class of ICs is on the horizon that will allow OEMs to integrate smart measurement into servers, power supplies, power distribution units, and communications equipment in a cost-efficient way. ” …

Via Teridian Semiconductor: SMART ENERGY MOVEMENT

European Union Green IT Strategies to Transform Operations to Low-Carbon

Posted in carbon-footprint, energy-consumption, european-union, green-it-solutions, improvement, information-technology, measurements, monitoring, operations, opportunity, reduce-power-consumption, region-europe on April 6th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

The EU sees the information technology industry transforming to carbon footprint and energy efficiency performance through industry-developed verifiable metrics, collaborative development of best-practices and toolsets, and an implementation for transition to the future efficient state of technology operations. …

… “There exists an untapped potential for the ICT sector to focus on systemic improvements and further reduce the energy consumption of its own processes (including operations, manufacturing, service delivery and the supply chain). If the sector were to adopt a more systematic approach to monitoring and measuring energy consumption at every step in a process, it could generate verifiable and comparable data, allowing it to identify opportunities for improvement, and to develop and apply solutions. ” …

Via EU: Mobilise the Information and Communication Technologies Sector to facilitate the transition to an energy-efficient, low-carbon economy (PDF)

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

Data Center Energy Rebate

Posted in air-economizers, building, certification, construction, cooling-system, data-center, decrease-energy, energy-efficiency, high-efficiency, incentives, measurements, netapp, pacific-gas-and-electric, process-design, rebate, transformers, ups, variable-chiller on December 9th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

NetApp data center design pays off with rebate
NetApp receives Green Business certification by the County of Santa Clara, California and is recognized with a rebate for its data center energy efficiency by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. …

… “Pacific Gas and Electric Company presented NetApp with a rebate of $1,427,477 under PG&E’s Non-Residential New Construction Program, which encourages PG&E’s commercial, industrial, high-technology, and agricultural customers to implement energy-efficient building and process design and construction. NetApp’s rebate is the largest new construction incentive PG&E has ever awarded. NetApp received the rebate for the design of its new Sunnyvale engineering data center and the measures it implemented to more efficiently provide power and decrease the energy needed for cooling. Upgrades included environmentally friendly flywheel uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, energy-efficient transformers, outside air economizers, and a variable primary chiller plant. ” …

Via NetApp: Rebate for Data Center Energy Efficiency

Bull SAP Green IT Initiative

Posted in best-practice, bull, business-applications, collaboration, energy-consumption, energy-management, energy-monitoring, green-it-initiatives, green-it-strategy, initiatives, it-services, it-strategy, management, measurements, mission, power-consumption, practices, research, sap, server-virtualization, services, software, strategies, strategy on October 18th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Bull and SAP Research collaborate to advance the frontier of green IT through an aligned research initiative. Their research agenda will focus on transaction energy measurement, software best practices that reduce energy consumption, and server virtualization. …

… “New server technologies currently being developed by Bull are adding energy management intelligence into the new generation of Datacenters. The mission of this initiative between Bull and SAP Research is to develop an overall strategy for Datacenter energy management intelligence combined with server management services, integrating business applications and end-user services to enable sustainable Datacenter technologies. ” …

Via Bull: R&D initiative for Green IT

Data Center Power Analysis

Posted in analysis, best-practice, calculation, data-center, efficiency, leadership, management, measurements, mission, optimization, optimize, power-analysis, power-consumption, practices, raritan, server-efficiency on October 4th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Raritan‘s leader, Herman Chan, will discuss identification and optimization of power problem spots. …

… “Chan’s presentation — Optimize Power through Server Analysis — focuses on the need to measure power at the device level in order to improve data center energy efficiency. His AFCOM talk will explore the myths and realities of power measurement and new tools and methodologies for calculating data center power efficiency. ” …

Via Marketwatch: Data Center Power Expert from Raritan

AFCOM: “Our mission is to enable data center management professionals to share industry best practices by providing a forum for dissemination of critical information … “

Green Data Center Thought Process

Posted in carbon-footprint, data-centre, design, efficiency, footprint, green-data-center, improvement, measurements, migration-solutions, mindset, operations on September 25th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

The information technology industry has significant room for improvement in the energy efficient design and operation of their data centres. Migration Solutions offers a measurement tool for base-lining energy performance and footprint. …

… “Migration‘s MD Alex Rabbetts, a 20 year veteran of the data centre industry has some interesting things to say about how data centres are managed and his industry’s basic lack of thinking about efficiency … ” …

Via ZDNet.co.uk: Green data centres

PUE Data Center Power Metric

Posted in benchmarks, consortium, data-center, energy-consumption, green-grid, measurements, measuring, metrics, power-consumption, pue on September 23rd, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

New data centers explore various techniques to reduce their consumption of power. The industry is working on methods to benchmark the performance of green data centers, using metrics such as PUE to measure the efficient use of the existing power. …

… “PUE is a metric created by the Green Grid industry consortium that is a ratio of total data center power divided by total IT equipment power. Getting a PUE of 1.1 is remarkable … ” …

Via The Register: Data centers