power-savings

Too much Data Center Cooling?

Posted in cooling-system, data-center, intel, opportunity, power-savings, survey on August 31st, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Intel survey indicates that data centers may be over-cooled. …

… “showed that each and every one of the respondents are cooling their data centers significantly more than needed. ” …

Via The Register: Too cold

Green Government IT

Posted in conservation, energy-consumption, government, information-technology, power-down, power-savings on August 27th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

With the size of government, small changes in energy consumption can offer significant savings. …

… “With an estimated cost of $0.10 per kWh, the government could save $23,400 in one night, from an act as simple as pressing off buttons or adjusting power settings. ” …

Via Washington Technology: Green Government

UPS Sustainability Efforts Achieve Data Center Savings

Posted in actions, air-conditioning, air-flow, airflow, cooling-system, corporate-sustainability, data-center, electricity-consumption, power-savings, rack-design, report, savings, server-efficiency, ups, water on July 7th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

UPS takes sustainability personally. The company has published its Corporate Sustainability report and provide transparency to the actions it is taking to transform its carbon footprint. The company has already seen the benefits of data center efficiency through implementation of opportunities, classified as “low-hanging fruit”. Expect UPS to continue to raise the bar and be an industry champion for sustainable development. …

UPS Sustainability Program provide report on performance to date

… “We have managed to reduce annual electricity consumption by nearly three million kilowatt hours at Windward Data Center through innovative use of simple but powerful elements: air and water. In one case we re-engineered airflow to adjust hydrostatic pressure and keep cool air where it belonged: surrounding the server racks. That change alone produced a saving of 1.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity. ” …

Via UPS: Corporate Sustainability Report (PDF)

United Parcel Service (UPS) Insights via New Georgia Encyclopedia: “The UPS Windward data center, located in southern Forsyth County, is the central nervous system of UPS’s global technology infrastructure. “

Sustainability Dashboard Targets Enterprise PCs

Posted in controls, dashboard, enterprise, improvement, monitoring, pc, power-savings, reduce-power-consumption, report, sustainability, sustainability-dashboard, systems-software, verdiem on June 16th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Verdiem focuses its new release of the Sustainability Dashboard on PC Power Management. The City of Chicago has piloted the software to reduce PC energy usage by over thirty percent. The system supports improved policies, that turn off monitors after a period of inactivity and suspends PCs after a specified time period. …

Sustainability Dashboard Controls

… “Verdiem’s SURVEYOR enables customers to centrally control and reduce the energy used by PCs on their network by up to 60 percent without impacting end users or IT. The new SURVEYOR Sustainability Dashboard provides a flexible and easy-to-use reporting system that monitors and graphically reports how SURVEYOR is driving bottom line improvements and positively contributes to the environment. ” …

Via Verdiem: Real Energy Cost Savings

VMware Virtualization Impact on Green IT

Posted in co2-emissions, consolidation, data-center-consolidation, load, power-off, power-savings, power-utilization, reduce-power-consumption, savings, server-virtualization, utilization, virtualization, vmware on April 30th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

VMware touts the impact of server virtualization on green IT. …

… “VMware virtual infrastructure helps enterprises and governments reduce their energy costs and consumption by as much as 80 percent. Most desktops and servers today are in use only eight to 15 percent of the time they are turned on, yet they consume 60 to 90 percent of the normal workload power even when idle. VMware vSphere has advanced resource and memory management features that will enable consolidation ratios of 15:1 or more and dynamically power off unneeded servers, which increase hardware utilization to as much as 85 percent.

Every server retired from a datacenter saves an estimated four tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to taking 1.5 cars off the road or planting 55 trees. Similar opportunities for savings are available for desktop PCs, which can be consolidated on servers in the datacenter using VMware View. VMware vSphere 4 is expected to be generally available during the second quarter of 2009. ” …

Via VMware: Go Green

Australia Green Data Center

Posted in academia-victoria-university, cooling-system, cost-effective, country-australia, energy-management, green-data-center, green-it-solutions, ibm, power-savings, save-energy, ups on April 9th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

IBM will build green data center for Victoria University that will sustainably meet its needs for data management over the next decade. …

… “The project involves IBM implementing a modular design approach to enable the University to minimize start-up energy demands from the existing site electrical supply. IBM will also employ an in-row cooling solution which offers targeted cooling at the heat load source, combined with free cooling chiller plant technology to leverage the favorable Melbourne climate. Smaller uninterruptible power supply (UPS) module sizes will be used to maximize the amount of usable power and UPS efficiency. This will all result in both substantial energy savings and the elimination of hot spots to provide an optimum equipment operating environment. Energy efficiency is also important to the University. The solution is cost-effective to own and operate, with up to 45 percent less power consumption than a conventional design, potentially saving more than 300,000 kilowatts per year of energy. ” …

Via IBM: Victoria University 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

Low Power Dual Core Atom

Posted in atom-cpu, cpu, intel, low-power, microprocessors, power-savings, server-efficiency on March 1st, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Low power servers for hosting
Hosting provider differentiates with low-power server offering. …

… “The Intel Dual-Core Atom Server is faster than a Pentium-4, and much more efficient. Dual-Core, Hyperthreading processor, and it uses 75% less power than a Pentium-4. What makes this particularly exciting is that because of it’s extremely low power usage, we’re able to pass the savings to clients, and offer the server at only $99 per month. ” …

Via SingleHop: Intel Dual-Core Atom Server

Energy and Space Efficient Blades

Posted in blade-server, capability, cost-benefits, energy-reduction, floor-space, ibm, performance, power-savings, rack-design, reduce-power-consumption, server-density, technology-managers on February 20th, 2009 by FrankM – 1 Comment

Blade servers
The HFCL Group will use IBM blade server technology to create a green and cost-efficient computational capability. …

… “This three-year agreement includes the deployment of IBM BladeCentre technology and X3650 servers that will provide significant savings on power and cooling, lowering total cost of ownership (TCO), and increasing productivity, making IBM’s infrastructure technology the right choice for HFCL to go green. IBM demonstrated for HFCL how IBM BladeCenter technology can help reduce costs while being energy efficient. IBM BladeCenter technology uses up to 50 percent less floor space and up to 35 percent less energy than competitor rack servers without compromising performance. ” …

Via IBM: Go Green and Reduce Operational Cost

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

Notebook Computer Power Savings Roadmap

Posted in amd-advanced-micro-devices, cpu, future, graphics-processor, laptop, notebook-computer, power-savings, processor, roadmap, sabine, savings on November 20th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Power savings are on the CPU roadmap from AMD. …

… “APU is AMD speak for a CPU and a graphics processor on one piece of silicon. AMD expects Sabine to bring significant power savings to notebook computers. ” …

Via DailyTech: Future Processors

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