metrics

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.

Updated metrics for datacenter efficiency measurements

Posted in data-center-efficiency-program, green-grid, green-power, low-power, metrics, pue, servers on May 17th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

The Green Grid has posted updated guidelines for applying its PUE, or Power Usage Effectiveness, metric.  The update includes specific recommendations for how to measure and calculate PUE in mixed-use data center facilities and introduces a condenser water source energy weighting factor.

Enhanced principles are introduced into the measurement definitions:

…   “When calculating PUE, IT energy consumption should, at a minimum, be measured at the output of the uninterruptible power supply (UPS). However, the industry will continue to improve measurement capabilities so that measurement of IT energy consumption directly at the IT load (e.g., servers, storage, network, etc.) becomes the common practice.”   …

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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

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

Green IT and Business Intelligence Synergy

Posted in business-intelligence, carbon-footprint, green-it-initiatives, improvement, information-technology, metrics, strategies, supply-chain, sustainability, teams, technology-managers on May 7th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

The Green IT initiative cuts across the technology disciplines, involving members of the business intelligence team. Measures, analytics, and dashboards have a role in visualizing IT’s carbon footprint and the impact that sustainability improvements deliver. …

… “The green BI team should be able to not only identify the green metrics to be generated but also emphasize injecting the green element into every data point in the whole supply chain. ” …

Via Insurance Networking: Business Intelligence Strategy

Data Center Demonstrates Green PUE Performance

Posted in electricity-consumption, energy-efficiency, enterprise, facility-design, floor-space, fortune-data-centers, metrics, pue, savings, success-story on April 29th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Fortune Data Centers initiates the operation of its new energy-efficient, green data center in Silicon Valley. This facility supports 7.86 Megawatts of IT critical load across two data rooms with 43,000 square feet of IT floor space. …

… “Fortune’s new facility, located at 2001 Fortune Drive in San Jose, delivers superior energy efficiency as measured by Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)-a standard developed by The Green Grid consortium. PUE is determined by dividing the total facility power by the IT equipment power-the lower the resulting ratio, the more efficient the data center. During independent testing through a Level 5 Commissioning Process, the data center achieved a PUE of 1.37 at full load, an energy-efficiency level far superior to the industry average data center PUE of 2.0, and better than the EPA’s 2011 target PUE of 1.45 for state-of-the-art enterprise-class data centers. The company estimates that moving IT load from a legacy data center to Fortune’s facility would result in reduced annual electrical consumption of 40 million Kilowatt-hours… ” …

Via Fortune: New Green Data Center

Sustainability Metrics for IT Carbon Footprint

Posted in benchmarks, calculation, carbon-dioxide-emissions, carbon-footprint, cybernomics, metrics, power-savings, server-virtualization, zerofootprint on March 26th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Zerofootprint and Cybernomics collaborate to create the One Minute ECOnomics Carbon Calculator for assessing and benchmarking sustainable performance. …

… “Calculations are based on real-time IT statistics captured by Cybernomics’ Analytics platform and presented as a benchmark for comparison of an individual company’s performance. The calculator’s carbon engine is powered by Zerofootprint and is focused on helping businesses measure and reduce their carbon footprint. The ECOnomics calculator lays out exactly where a company is using the most energy and illustrates how measures such as server virtualization, thin client strategies, and using LCD/LED screens can translate into immense carbon savings. Cutting down on energy, hardware and overall management costs through a Sustainable IT strategy is also a concrete way of better controlling overall IT expenditure, as well as reducing carbon emissions. ” …

Via Think Green Alliance: ECOnomics Carbon Calculator

Green Data Center Reporting

Posted in analysis, benefits, cost-benefits, data-center, green-data-center, green-grid, heat-load, management-tools, metrics, power-analysis, power-conservation, power-savings, product-launch, savings, software, space, value on January 28th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Rackwise implements green reporting in its data center management software. …

… “RACKWISE DCM 3.4 introduces the Green Report giving data center organizations the ability to Green the data center as per The Green Grid‘s metrics, and Cost/Savings Analysis, which quantifies the monetary value of proposed changes in a data center related to power, heat, and space. ” …

Via RACKWISE: New Product for the Data Center

Data Centre Efficiency Code

Posted in alternative-energy, calculation, code-of-conduct, data-centre, european-union, high-availability, impact, infrastructure, metrics, power-consumption, region-europe, sustainability-initiative on November 26th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

The European Commission releases its Code of Conduct for increased energy efficiency in data centres. The code focuses on the IT load and the facility load and describes seven principles that participants should embrace. Metrics are defined, such as the data centre infrastructure efficiency index which is analogous to a yield calculation. …

… “Over provisioning, ensuring availability and associated costs were previously considered a negligible risk to business performance because energy costs were relatively small in comparison to the IT budget, and environmental responsibility was not considered to be the remit of the IT department. However, with rising energy prices this is no longer the case, and the issue of energy consumption at the individual data centre level is becoming increasingly important as operational energy expenditures and ecological impact of the energy consumed begins to play an ever important role in overall cost of ownership of data centres. ” …

Via EUROPEAN COMMISSION, Renewable Energies Unit: Code of Conduct on Data Centres Energy Efficiency

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

DataCenter Lean Six Sigma

Posted in analysis, approach, carbon-dioxide-emissions, conservation, efficiency, emissions, energy-efficiency, green-it-strategy, green-sigma, ibm, information-technology, it-services, it-strategy, lean-manufacturing, lean-six-sigma, metrics, operations, power-conservation, program, services, six-sigma, strategies, strategy on August 19th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

IBM brands a set of consulting services that will evaluate the IT organization for opportunities to increase energy efficiency and minimize waste. …

… “IBM’s Green Sigma consulting offering is based on Lean Six Sigma, a business strategy for carefully analyzing operations to improve overall efficiency, lower costs, increase quality, and add, change or eliminate activities and processes to improve overall performance. IBM’s Green Sigma consulting offering is based on Lean Six Sigma, a business strategy for carefully analyzing operations to improve overall efficiency, lower costs, increase quality, and add, change or eliminate activities and processes to improve overall performance. IBM’s own conservation efforts have saved 4.6 billion kWh of electricity and $310 million in costs, and avoided over three million metric tons of CO2 emissions since 1990. The company’s work-at-home program for employees saves roughly eight million gallons of gasoline annually. ” …

Via IBM: Measured Approach to Going Green: Green Sigma Consulting