standards

Green Grid Data Center Energy Measurement Recommendation Open for Comments

Posted in data-center, energy-management, green-grid, guidelines, pue, standards, the-green-grid on July 22nd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Green Grid and industry task force have collaborated to assemble a set of recommendations on measuring and publishing values for PUE at data center facilities.

Data Center Efficiency Recommendations (PDF).

Energy efficiency in data centers

Posted in data-center-design, data-center-efficiency-program, energy-efficiency, epa, servers, standards on June 5th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

can be enabled through adoption of standard definitions for productivity.  Labels such as EnergyStar can be susceptible to eligibility-creep, which results undifferentiated products.  …

…   “It is difficult to define energy efficiency for a complex system such as a data center or a server. Energy efficient is usually defined based on the delivery of the same or better service output with less energy input, but for servers and data centers service output is difficult to measure and varies among applications. Data center operators need standard definitions of productivity in order to purchase energy-efficient equipment, operate it in an optimal way, and design and operate the buildings to house it. “   …

Via EPA: Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency (PDF).
   

Container Data Center 1.0 Project

Posted in container-data-center, country-taiwan, datacenters, green-initiatives, pc, standards on June 2nd, 2010 by FrankM – 1 Comment

Taiwanese institute, the Industrial Technology Research Institute, is focusing its energies on the development of an energy efficient, standardized container data center that can serve the needs of the cloud. …

… “The Taiwanese initiative aims to make containerized data centers a standardized product, the same kind of standardization that has slashed the price of PCs over the past few decades. ” …

Via PC World: Container Computer.

Green data center storage standards

Posted in energy-star-compliance, epa, green-storage, standards on May 12th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Join the EPA in working on standards for energy efficient storage.  …

… “EPA is currently developing a new product specification for data center storage. Partners and other interested parties who would like to participate in this process are encouraged … “   …

Via EPA: EnergyStar Storage.

Data Center ASHRAE Prescriptive Cooling System Energy Efficiency

Posted in air-economizers, ambient-air-cooling, ashrae, cooling-system, data-center-efficiency-program, economizer, energy-efficiency, google, standards on April 13th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Google and its industry peers react to ASHRAE cooling standard for data centers. …

… “Unfortunately, the proposed ASHRAE standard is far too prescriptive. Instead of setting a required level of efficiency for the cooling system as a whole, the standard dictates which types of cooling methods must be used. For example, the standard requires data centers to use economizers — systems that use ambient air for cooling. In many cases, economizers are a great way to cool a data center (in fact, many of our companies’ data centers use them extensively), but simply requiring their use doesn’t guarantee an efficient system, and they may not be the best choice. Future cooling methods may achieve the same or better results without the use of economizers altogether. An efficiency standard should not prohibit such innovation. ” …

Via Google: Setting efficiency goals for data centers

DataCenter UPS EnergyStar Ratings

Posted in energy-star-compliance, energy-star-for-ups, epa, standards, ups on February 17th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

EPA Energy Star Label targeted for UPS Equipment …

… “EPA has concluded that purchasers in all UPS markets will benefit from access to standardized UPS energy performance data made available through the ENERGY STAR program. ” …

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Data Center Designs to BREEAM Standards

Posted in breeam, cooling-system, cost-benefits, design, reduce-power-consumption, standards, sustainability, sustainable-development, value on April 3rd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Digital Realty Trust data centers
Digital Realty Trust adopts BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Bespoke datacentre standards for its future datacentres. …

… “Jim Smith, Chief Technology Officer for Digital Realty Trust, said: Adopting the BREEAM standards right at the beginning of the initial design stages will not only build in reduced running costs because the building’s insulation and cooling will be optimised, but in the longer term the value of the building can be expected to be higher than a comparable building which is not BREEAM accredited. ” …

Via Digital Realty Trust: BREEAM Sustainability Standards

Green Storage Power Measure

Posted in green-storage, power-consumption, power-measurement, snia, standards, storage-systems, taxonomy on January 22nd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Green storage specification
SNIA makes initial spec for Green Storage Power Measurement available for public review and comment. …

… “The initial draft Green Storage Power Measurement Specification defines a baseline standard for idle power metrics which can be applied as a uniform method for collecting idle power consumption measurements. It also includes a Green Storage Taxonomy for classifying storage products based on energy consumption characteristics and application environments. ” …

Via Storage Networking Industry Association: Public Review

Build Out the Green Data Center

Posted in best-practice, green-data-centre, interxion, minimize-power, modular, power-overhead, save-energy, standards on January 4th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Green data centre design
Data center design requires rightsizing from the start, allowing for future power scalability. …

… “In order to minimise the power overhead, a green data centre should never be over-specified for the task it performs. This is why the modular data centre build-out approach, pioneered by Lex Coors, director of engineering at Interxion, has now become the norm across the industry. ” …

Via Silicon Republic: Save Energy

Quebec Green Data Center LEEDs

Posted in air-conditioning, climate-change, cold-climate, country-canada, facility-design, free-cooling, green-data-center, heat-load, internet-data-center, investment, leed-certification, power-consumption, server-efficiency, standards, telus on October 11th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

TELUS will invest $33 million to build an Uptime Institute Tier III certified Internet data centre in Laval, Quebec, near Montreal. The facility will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. …

Canada green data center planned to meet LEED

… “TELUS’ newest Internet data centre will be a 44,500 square foot facility with the potential for additional expansion as client demands grow. It will be connected to six mega-volt-amps of power, equivalent to the needs of more than 5,000 homes. To counter the heat generated by the computer servers, its high density power design and efficient heat exchange system will turn Quebec’s cold climate into free cooling during two thirds of the year. Large, highly efficient air conditioning units will be used when free cooling is unavailable. TELUS’ greenest data centre is a LEED designed facility, which will be independently reviewed by the Canada Green Building Council‘s rigorous rating system. ” …

Via TELUS: Quebec greenest Internet data centre

Green Business Practices Recognized

Posted in award, best-practice, business-practices, dell, efficiency, enterprise, green-enterprise, impact, initiatives, it-services, motorola, oracle, practices, recognition, services, standards, sun, sustainability, sustainability-initiative, water on October 1st, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Oracle recognizes its customers for best business practices that enable the green enterprise. …

… “The Oracle Empower the Green Enterprise award recognizes customers from a wide-range of industries that are using Oracle Applications and technology products to support green business practices and sustainability initiatives in order to reduce environmental impact, costs and improve business efficiencies. Recipients of the Award include: Alcoa, Australian Vintage Limited, BT, Dell, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Fiji Water, Ingersoll-Rand, Intercall, Interface, Motorola, National Ignition Facility & Photon Service, Novartis International AG, PG&E, Standard Parking, Sun and Supervalu. ” …

Via Oracle: Green Enterprise Awards

BREEAM LEED Data Center

Posted in achievement, breeam, building, certification, commitment, country-uk, data-centre, design, hsbc, leed-certification, operations, region-europe, standards on September 21st, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Data centers can be built and certified to LEED and BREEAM standards. …

… “HSBC has made a commitment that all new data centre builds within its global operations will be designed according to local environmentally accredited standards such as BREEAM and LEED. ” …

Via Web Wire: HSBC data centre

BREEAM: “Martin Townsend, the new director of BREEAM, says that BREEAM Energy Star will encourage the design innovation necessary to achieve the Chancellor’s policy objective of zero carbon non-domestic buildings by 2019. “