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Energy Savings Opportunities in Data Centers

Posted in data-center, dell, energy-efficiency, energy-savings, information-technology, infrastructure, optimize, performance, sustainability, value on April 4th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Start Hardware Cleanup to Green IT

Posted in computer-equipment, consolidation, energy-efficiency, green-computing, green-it-solutions, hardware, idle, idling, infrastructure, optimization, optimize, power-consumption, utilization on March 23rd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Being green means running IT operations at their optimum level of energy efficiency at all times, which is a challenge to respond to dynamically. Start where the inefficiency is the greatest — focus on under-utilized servers and infrastructure. …

… “The starting point in becoming greener, according to Logan, is cleaning up an inefficient array of hardware. That process involves consolidating equipment so power-consuming computers and servers are not ineptly idling when they are not needed. ” …

Via TechNewsWorld: Green IT Operations

Data Center Optimization

Posted in datacenter, optimization, optimize, tideway-systems on March 7th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Green Data Center Services

Posted in bluestone-energy-services, cooling-system, energy-consumption, energy-efficiency, energy-reduction, equipment. roi, green-data-center, lighting, operations, optimization, optimize, services, ups on February 19th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Bluestone Energy Services creates division to focus on green data center services that drive efficiency. …

… “Bluestone will use its new data center division to comprehensively address energy efficiency in data centers. Bluestone will identify and develop cost-effective efficiency measures such as cooling optimization, ultrasonic humidification, and other data center best practices that reduce energy consumption and costs. Bluestone will qualify these comprehensive data center efficiency upgrades for utility incentives – a first for New England. Bluestone analyzes clients’ existing data center equipment efficiency and operation on a component level, including cooling, UPS, and lighting systems, and then recommends equipment restructuring and replacement that maximizes return on investment. ” …

Via Bluestone Energy: Data Center Cooling and Energy Division

Google Green Data Center Monitoring

Posted in chiller, cooling-system, efficiency, fans, google, green-data-center, hvac-design, initiatives, operations, optimization, optimize, performance, real-time-monitoring on January 30th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Data Center performance monitoring
Google uses the Power Usage Effectiveness metric to monitor the performance of its data centers. When it assess variability in its efficiency, Google takes action to remedy the defect. …

… “As we review our real-time efficiency performance we might, for example, notice that one of our data centers is not performing consistently with others of similar size and locale. So we’ll take a closer look at optimizing that facility. Are we using fans to cool spaces that don’t need to be cooled? Is the thermostat at the right set-point? Can we reduce the time the chillers need to run while keeping the machines operational? ” …

Via Google: Clean Energy Initiatives

The Hidden Data Center

Posted in actions, capacity, cooling-system, dell, energy-capacity, energy-management, it-services, optimization, optimize, practices, savings, services, value on December 3rd, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Dell green data center services
Dell launches a set of services that focus on addressing the hidden data center and creating value through energy efficiency practices and capacity optimization. …

… “Data Center Optimization Workshop addresses the energy, capacity and cooling issues facing customers with practical, expert advice on how to bring efficiency to the current data center environment. Dell provides customers with specific actions designed to simplify and save in the data center. ” …

Via Dell: Services Provide Map to Hidden Data Center

Virtualization Technologies Save Power

Posted in blade-server, cost-benefits, hardware, hp-hewlett-packard, networking, optimization, optimize, power-savings, savings, ups, virtualization on November 19th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

HP technology saves power usage
HP introduces Virtual Connect Flex-10 solution that distributes capacity of a 10Gb Ethernet port into multiple connections, optimizing bandwidth for application workloads and saving power per blade enclosure. …

… “This increase in bandwidth flexibility eliminates the need for additional network hardware equipment. As a result, customers deploying virtual machines and utilizing Virtual Connect Flex-10 can realize savings of up to 55 percent in network equipment costs. Virtual Connect Flex-10 can save 240 watts of power per HP BladeSystem enclosure – or 3,150 kilowatt hours per year – compared to existing networking technologies. ” …

Via HP: Breakthrough Virtualization

Microsoft Research Sensors Monitor Energy Usage

Posted in carbon-footprint, cloud-computing, computing-ecosystem, data-capture, datacenter, energy-efficiency, footprint, it-services, microsoft, monitoring, optimization, optimize, power-consumption, regulate-energy, research, sensors, services on October 29th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Sensor research
Microsoft researchers develop sensors to monitor and optimize energy use in data centers. …

… “The advent of large datacenters that underpin cloud-based computing services make energy-efficient computing is increasingly important. Using technology developed by Microsoft Research, Microsoft is deploying tiny sensors throughout its datacenters to capture data that will allow it to better regulate energy consumption and reduce their carbon footprint. ” …

Via Microsoft Research: Technology Breakthroughs

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 … “

Google Data Center is Significantly More Efficient

Posted in cooling-system, data-center, efficiency, energy-consumption, energy-efficiency, engineering, facility-improvement, google, optimization, optimize, server-efficiency on October 3rd, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Google shares their insight and experience with efficient data centers. …

Google data center efficiency leadership

… “our data centers use considerably less energy for the servers themselves, and much less energy for cooling, than a typical data center. We achieved this milestone by significantly reducing the amount of energy needed for the data center facility overhead. Specifically, Google-designed data centers use nearly five times less energy than conventional facilities to feed and cool the computers inside. Our engineers worked hard to optimize every element in the data center, from the chip to the cooling tower. ” …

Via Google: Data Center Efficiency

Data Center Cooling

Posted in air-conditioning, air-flow, airflow, cooling-system, data-center, efficiency, energy-consumption, floor-space, heat-load, high-efficiency, measurements, optimization, optimize, power-consumption on September 2nd, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Eight data center efficiency tips are shared in this article. …

Data Center cooling efficiency

… “Coordinate cooling. In data centers with high-density heat loads, consider hiring a professional to measure airflows and correct air conditioning problems. ” …

Via Computerworld Sidebar: Efficient Data Center

Raised Floors and Cooling Efficiency: “The key, according to experts, is to route the cool air you have to the right place. The problem is, directing cold air is like trying to herd cats. … “

Sun Eco Cooling Efficiency for Datacenter: “Decrease energy consumption through better optimization of data center air conditioning … “

Green Storage Technology from HP

Posted in asset-utilization, carbon-footprint, cooling-system, cost-benefits, drives, efficiency, eva, footprint, hardware, hp-hewlett-packard, improvement, management, optimization, optimize, power-efficiency, procurement, software, standards, storage-array, storage-provisioning, storage-systems, storage-technology, ups, utilization on August 29th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

HP introduces storage technology that reduces storage array power and cooling costs in data centers significantly. The new product offerings include thin provisioning for the storage arrays, tape drives based on the LTO4 standard, and new DAT tape drives. …

… “The HP StorageWorks EVA4100, 6100 and 8100 midrange disk arrays improve power efficiency for customers by up to 45 percent compared to previous EVAs, with performance improvements of up to 24 percent. Using advanced hardware and software technologies such as EVA Dynamic Capacity Management (DCM), Vsnap and FATA disk drives, the new EVAs help customers optimize hard drive utilization, eliminate unnecessary HDD storage disk purchases, shrink their carbon footprint and efficiently manage IT resources and storage provisioning tasks. ” …

Via HP: Storage Cuts Power and Cooling Costs in Half