power-efficiency

LEED Gold Data Center Facility for Allstate Insurance

Posted in allstate-insurance, capacity, certification, facility-design, green-it-initiatives, green-it-strategy, leed-certification, leed-gold, power-efficiency, reduce-power-consumption, strategies on March 24th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Allstate Insurance achieves LEED Gold for its new data center in Rochelle, Illinois. The datacenter deploys efficient hardware, virtualization techniques, effective cooling systems, white roofing, natural lighting, and a native landscape design to achieve its sustainable facility design. …
LEED Gold datacenter design

… “The Allstate facility, which opened in 2009, is one of the few mission-critical data centers in America to receive the Gold designation from USGBC. It’s a key component of a larger strategy to reduce the number of Allstate data centers to two by the end of 2010 and to increase power efficiency and computing capacity. ” …

Via Allstate Insurance Company: LEED Building Certification

Beat Data Center Cable Clutter

Posted in cisco, cost-drivers, fibre-channel-over-ethernet, lossless-ethernet, networking, power-efficiency on September 29th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Address power efficiency and cost by minimizing data center cabling with emerging standards, using lossless ethernet or fibre channel. …

… “To clean up the clutter of connections to servers, Cisco has been actively supporting two technology standards that have emerged this year. One of these, called lossless Ethernet, bolsters Ethernet’s ability to dependably carry data, and to do so at higher speeds. The other, called Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), makes it possible for servers to use Ethernet to more easily carry traffic to popular storage systems. ” …

Via Cisco: Untangle the Data Center

Intel Develops Lower Power Chips for Mobile

Posted in architecture, chip-design, devices, improvement, intel, mobile-device, platform, power-efficiency, ultra-low-power on September 23rd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Intel discusses their processor technology roadmap for mobile computing. Each successor platform improves upon the power efficiency of the previous generation. …

… “Citing a combination of architectural, design and process enhancements, Perlmutter detailed progress with Intel’s Moorestown platform, scheduled for 2010 and targeting MIDs and smartphones. He discussed some of the innovative techniques that Intel is implementing, such as Distributed Power Gating, for improved performance and major reductions in power and thermal envelope.

These technologies help to achieve up to a 50x improvement in platform idle power reduction compared to Intel’s first generation Menlow platform. The reductions are enabling Intel to establish new thresholds in ultra low power while making it possible to run the full Internet and media-rich applications in handheld devices.

Perlmutter also touched on Intel’s third generation ultra-low power platform, codenamed Medfield. Expected in 2011, Medfield will be a single-chip 32nm system-on-chip (SoC) design that will enable a much smaller form factor and lower power designs than Moorestown, helping extend Intel squarely into smartphone segments. ” …

Via Intel: Mobile Computing Experience

Power-efficient chip research

Posted in chip-design, ibm, power-efficiency, processor on September 6th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

IBM explores the atomic level of processor design to discover power efficient techniques. …

… “helps open up exciting new possibilities for exploring electronic building blocks and devices at the ultimate atomic and molecular scale — devices that might be vastly smaller, faster and more energy-efficient than today’s processors and memory devices … ” …

Via Computerworld: Power-efficient chip research

High-performance Power-efficient Networking

Posted in air-flow, green-computing, intel, netronome, networking, power-efficiency, power-utilization, processor, unified-communications on June 9th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Netronome has launched its Network Flow Processor product family which enables a unified computing architecture. The products are designed to provide high performance and market-beating power efficiency, while leveraging general Intel processors. …

… “High-Performance: Powered by 40 multi-threaded programmable networking cores running at 1.4GHz, the NFP delivers over 56 billion instructions per second with 320 hardware threads that optimize memory utilization – allowing for 1800 instructions per packet at 30 million packets per second. This enables 20Gbps of L2-L7 deep packet processing with line-rate security and I/O virtualization for millions of simultaneous flows. Power Efficiency: Operating at only 15 to 35 watts, the NFP-32xx revolutionizes green computing by delivering more than four times the power efficiency of its closest competitor. ” …

Via Netronome: Network Flow Processors (PDF)

ASUS EPU Power Efficiency

Posted in asus, epu, power-efficiency, power-supply on June 6th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Green IT is discussed

Posted in green-it-strategy, power-efficiency, video on November 13th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Green Data Center Storage Configuration

Posted in configuration, configuration-management, data-center, data-management, drives, efficiency, energy-consumption, energy-efficiency, future, green-data-center, power-consumption, power-efficiency, software, storage-array, storage-systems, storage-technology, ups on September 13th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Green storage is a key component of the efficient data center. The drive configuration should consider the type of data in order to maximize the efficiency. When configured properly, the power-down effect of green storage also increases the life of the drives. …

… “If the wrong type of data is written to power-managed drives, power consumption can actually increase due to spinning the drives back up too soon after going idle. The type of data should be data that is at rest, has achieved a state of near permanence, but may be needed in the future … ” …

Via eWeek: Energy-Efficient Green Data

Green Data Center Survey

Posted in benefits, cooling-system, cost-benefits, emissions, green-computing, green-data-center, networking, power-efficiency, server-efficiency, storage-technology, survey, virtualization on September 5th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Achieving the zero-emission data center is going to take more than server and storage virtualization. It will require a holistic view of the network as well. …

… “43% of respondents will implement a green data center in the next two years; 52% of those surveyed said reducing power and cooling costs was the most important benefit gained by going green in the data center … ” …

Via TechTarget: Networking technology

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

PC Energy Monitoring

Posted in automation, carbon-dioxide-emissions, climate-change, co2-emissions, controls, eco-friendly, edison, emissions, energy-consumption, energy-monitoring, initiatives, management, microsoft, operations, pc, personal-computers, power-consumption, power-efficiency, power-management, savings, software, ups, verdiem on August 22nd, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Verdiem releases Edison software application that provides power management features, such as scheduling, power setting automation, and power savings reports. …

PC Power Management

… “Edison software product, a free energy monitoring application that allows eco-conscious consumers to actively control their PC’s energy consumption – and their household’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Made for the Windows operating system, Edison enhances existing PC power settings and provides a consumer-friendly interface that is easy to set up and manage. The Edison application is supported by Microsoft as an easy way for consumers to become active in supporting the Climate Savers Computing Initiative goal of reducing global CO2 emissions from the operation of computers by 54 million tons by 2010. Verdiem is challenging PC users to do their part and download 10 million copies of Edison (approximately 1 percent of the global PC population) in the next year. ” …

Via Verdiem: Power Management for PC Networks

Information Energy Efficiency

Posted in accelerate, carbon-footprint, data-center, drives, efficiency, energy-capacity, energy-efficiency, footprint, power-efficiency, power-usage, storage-systems, storage-technology on August 18th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Data storage capacity requirements are accelerating. This part of the data center has sigificant power needs that cannot be ignored. …

… “Most storage systems, which are composed of dozens if not hundreds of disks that are always on regardless of the need to retrieve data, represent the equivalent of perpetually idling an SUV in the garage on the off chance the owner might want to take a drive. ” …

Via Computer Technology Review: Information Carbon Footprint