Going Green

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 12, 2006

IT vendors are introducing new services to conserve energy in corporate data centers. A recent case in point is IBM.

IBM has introduced five new services in a bid to quell data center power costs and reduce emission of greenhouse gases.

The services are:
An assessment of an organisation’s ability to support high-density computing
An evaluation of, and solutions for, heat-related issues
Design and deployment of flexible racking solutions
Evaluation of the potential for data centre consolidation and relocation on a global scale
A module-based data centre for SMEs

Data centres use a greater density of servers. As the server gains power, the cost of power supply to the data centres and cooling servers increases.

According to leading analyst group Gartner, high-density blade servers can use 15 times more electricity than traditional servers. Three-quarters of corporate executives acknowledge the importance of buying energy-efficient products, according to market research firm Harris Interactive.

It may be recalled that Sun revealed an initiative to promote energy efficiency with the appointment of a vice president of eco-responsibility, David Douglas, six months ago.

Sun says it has designed some of its servers, including the Sun Fire 1000 and 2000, to consume as little as 20% of the power of competing alternatives.

Other vendors are trying to solve the perceived energy crisis by producing more efficient server equipment.