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Data center power savings are within your grasp

Posted in power-savings, power-usage, power-utilization, practices on May 26th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Tech Republic video on power savings in the data center and practices to drive efficiency …

…   “Bill Detwiler gives IT pros five practical ways to save power … “   …

Video: Reduce power in the data center.

EPA Energy Star Label for Data Centers requires top quartile efficiency performance

Posted in data-center-energy-star, energy-efficiency, energy-star-compliance, epa, power-savings, power-usage, power-usage-effectiveness-rating, pue on June 8th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made the Energy Star label attainable for stand-alone data centers and buildings that house large data centers.  To achieve the Energy Star rating, data centers must achieve the top quartile (25 percent of their peers) of energy efficiency using the EPA energy performance scale. Data center energy efficiency will translate into financial savings and a smaller carbon footprint.  …

…   “EPA uses a commonly accepted measure for energy efficiency, the Power Usage Effectiveness metric, to determine whether a data center qualifies for the Energy Star label. Before being awarded the Energy Star, a licensed professional must independently verify the energy performance of these buildings and sign and seal the application document that is sent to EPA for review and approval.

Data centers are found in nearly every sector of the economy and deliver vital information technology services, including data storage, communications and internet accessibility.

Data centers use a significant amount of energy, accounting for 1.5 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption at a cost of $4.5 billion annually, an amount that is expected to almost double over the next five years.

Significant energy and cost savings are possible through modest gains in efficiency. The energy consumed by data centers is growing every year. “   …

Via EPA: Energy Star Label (Link).

References for starting your data center efficiency program and developing the roadmap for Energy Star rating.  …

  • Data Center Energy Efficiency Principles (PDF).
  • Guidance for energy management programs (Link). 
  • Data Center Benchmarking (Link).

Lower Print Power Usage and Paper Consumption

Posted in operations, paperless-office, power-usage, printing, procter-gamble, services, sustainability, xerox on April 8th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Xerox will manage Procter & Gamble’s print services globally to reduce operating costs and improve sustainability. …

… “P&G predicts it will reduce print-related power usage by 30 percent and paper consumption by 20-30 percent annually. ” …

Via Xerox: Worldwide Print Operations

PUE DCIE Data Center Metrics for Power

Posted in dcie, facility-design, hardware, information-technology, power-consumption, power-usage, pue on January 6th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Data center power standards are still in the formative stage, but existing building energy standards can be a helpful guide. …

… “PUE and DCIE compare the data center facility’s overall power consumption to the power consumed by the information and communication technology (ICT) equipment. ” …

Via Consulting-Specifying Engineer: Data Center Power

Dynamic Power Capping

Posted in capacity, cooling-system, data-center, energy-capacity, hp-hewlett-packard, management, power-management, power-usage, server-efficiency on November 6th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

HP introduces data center efficiency technology for power and cooling management. …

… “HP Dynamic Power Capping helps customers reallocate power and cooling resources in the data center by dynamically setting or capping the power drawn by the servers. This eliminates the need for overprovisioning by precisely identifying how much power is actually required to run each server and setting a limit based on that usage. As a result, companies reclaim their overprovisioned energy to improve the capacity of their data center. ” …

Via HP: New Energy-efficiency Technologies

Microsoft Azure Green Data Center Cloud

Posted in cloud-computing, datacenter, infrastructure, it-services, microsoft, platform, power-usage, savings, server-density, services on October 28th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Microsoft launches the Azure cloud computing platform which will be delivered through the company’s network of green data centers. …

… “Microsoft has opened major datacenters in Quincy, Wash., and San Antonio, with additional centers scheduled to open in Chicago and Dublin, Ireland. Microsoft is leading the way in services infrastructure with innovative use of shipping containers as flexible and portable housing for servers, providing 10 times the density and dramatic savings in power usage. ” …

Via Microsoft: Windows Azure Services Platform for the Cloud

Data Center Design Innovation Services

Posted in building, cooling-system, datacenter, energy-costs, enterprise, features, future, green-it-strategy, hardware, infrastructure, it-infrastructure, it-services, it-strategy, management, plan, power-consumption, power-usage, power-utilization, services, space, strategies, strategy, sun-microsystems, utilization on October 22nd, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Sun Microsystems has positioned a set of professional services aimed at designing or retrofitting data centers to maximize energy efficiency and space utilization, while reducing power consumption and operating costs. …

… “Analysts are now saying that IT infrastructure power usage will soon cost more than the hardware itself, and enterprise datacenters are running out of space and power while cooling and energy costs are rising. More than ever, enterprises need to plan and build datacenters that will accommodate these and future IT needs. ” …

Via Sun Microsystems: Professional Services For Phases Of Datacenter Management: Strategy, Design And Build

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

Green Computing Performance

Posted in city-auckland, computer-equipment, cooling-system, country-new-zealand, effectiveness-rating, energy-consumption, green-data-center, industry-leadership, power-consumption, power-efficiency, power-usage on August 4th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Green data center is planned in Auckland by Datacom. …

… “He hopes overheads, such as cooling computer equipment and conditioning the datacentre’s power supplies, will account for no more than a third of the Orbit centre’s total power consumption – which would give the datacentre an industry-leading power usage effectiveness rating of 1.5. ” …

Via Stuff.co.nz: Datacenter Green Performance