Dell’s not alone – manufacturers such as IBM, HP and Sun have made recent announcements concerning the energy efficiency of their systems. IBM recently announced that it would launch a new business unit in 2007 that will focus on environmental technologies. Hewlett-Packard announced a new energy management system, dubbed HP Dynamic Smart Cooling, that’s designed to deliver 20 to 45 percent savings in cooling energy costs. In addition, Sun has unveiled its Project BlackBox
Dell has engineered its Energy Smart technology – which debuted in corporate desktops in September – into PowerEdge 1950 and 2950 models to help decrease power consumption and reduce overall operating costs. The PowerEdge Energy Smart 1950 and 2950 can deliver up to 25 percent greater performance per watt while reducing power consumption by up to 24 percent, according to Dell. Prices for Dell’s PowerEdge Energy Smart 1950 and 2950 servers start at $2,449 and $2,619, respectively.
For perspective, Dell says that if its Dell Energy Smart settings of the new OptiPlex 745 been enabled on all Dell desktops sold within the past year, enough electricity could have been saved to avoid about 12.5 million tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of removing about 2.5 million cars from the road. The potential savings for customers would be about $1.6 billion in operating costs.