Server Consolidation and Virtualization

Posted in data-center-power, green-data-center, ibm, server-consolidation, server-density, server-utilization, server-virtualization, servers on January 9th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Xcel Energy Data Center Efficiency Program Created to Reduce Energy Consumption

Posted in air-flow, airflow, data-center-efficiency-program, energy-efficiency, energy-savings, initiatives, investment, peak-efficiency, power-utilization, program, project, rebate, server-consolidation, server-utilization, xcel-energy on July 15th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Xcel Energy creates a call-to-action for Information Technology managers to make data center energy efficiency a priority, by offering cash rebates energy studies and efficiency improvements. The company will support investment in more efficient servers, virtualization software to drive utilization rates, air flow and cooling optimization, etc. …

Xcel Energy Data Center Efficiency rebates planned

… “Xcel Energy will fund a portion of the study and pay rebates as projects are completed. An approved third-party vendor will conduct an on-site energy evaluation and make recommendations on energy savings, help outline a business case for energy-efficiency investments and detail how to best run the data center at peak efficiency. ” …

Via Xcel Energy: Data Center Efficiency program

Manage Data Center Growth with Modules

Posted in capacity, green-data-center, modular, server-utilization, strategies, strategy on May 29th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

A strategy for the green data center includes a modular approach to capacity growth, rather than over-sized and underutilized. …

… “Modular design is about using smaller increments of standardized components to match business requirements to IT requirements and add server room capacity as needed. ” …

Via Environmental Leader: Green Data Center Strategy

Beware Zombies

Posted in datacenter, electricity-consumption, energy-efficiency, leed-certification, server-utilization, zombie-servers on March 13th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Zombie servers are in your datacenter
Beware. There are zombies in your datacenter. No. It’s not the operators. It’s the servers. They’re bleeding you dry. Your electricity bill, that is. …

… “Like zombies, these mindless minions feed greedily on, well, not brains, but electricity, a costly resource for a datacenter operator. ” …

Via InfoWorld: Zombie servers

DataCenter Research Projects

Posted in controls, datacenter, energy-efficiency, innovation, microsoft, processor, project, research, research-development, server-utilization on February 26th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Microsoft low-power processor research
Microsoft shares its research pipeline with employees at its internal TechFest. Data center efficiency is a hot topic with two research projects headlining. …

… “Two particular datacenter projects were on display: Closed-Loop Control Systems for the Datacenter, a project aimed at improving the energy efficiency of datacenters by selectively putting idle servers into a low-power state while maintaining service response times; Low-Power Processors for the Datacenter, an experiment to build a server from low-power processors and evaluate how well it runs some of the tasks typically performed in a datacenter, such as processing a large number of independent requests or running databases for a Web site; ” …

Via Microsoft: Research Innovations

Efficient Supercomputing

Posted in efficiency, energy-efficiency, energy-loss, green-500, ibm, report, server-utilization, supercomputer, supercomputing on November 24th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

IBM Nautilus is greenest supercomputer
The Green 500 report recognizes IBM and the University of Warsaw for the most energy efficient supercomputer in the world. …

… “According to some recent reports, the energy losses in conventional systems range between 40 and 70 percent. On average, for every 100 units of energy piped into a data center, only 3 units are used for actual computing. More than half goes to cooling the servers. Nautilus, based on IBM technology, makes supercomputing smarter – greener and more efficient. ”

Via IBM: Warsaw University system is most energy efficient supercomputer

Mining Logs for Energy Efficiency

Posted in data-center, energy-efficiency, log-management, power-consumption, power-utilization, search, server-utilization, software, splunk, temperature-control, utilization on October 20th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Software technique to mining logs for understanding utilization rates, power usage, and data center temperature gradient to increase energy efficiency. …

… “Simple yet powerful searches let you correlate physical server utilization with power consumption and temperature within different parts of the datacenter so that you can identify and address inefficiencies. ” …

Via Splunk: Green Datacenter