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Sun Launches Major Data Center Push

Sun has launched its Eco Innovation Initiative , which the company says can help customers improve economic and energy efficiency in the datacenter by as much as 60 percent. The campaign packages products for data center owners in what the company calls “Sun Eco Ready Kits.”

Sun says that it’s own recent datacenter redesign resulted in a dramatic reduction in space and utility requirements, without sacrificing performance. In 90 days, Sun says itnachieved the following:

  • Consolidated 738 storage devices to 225, yet increased storage capacity by 244 percent,
  • Consolidated 2,177 servers to 1,240, while increasing compute power by 456 percent,
  • Decommissioned more than 5,000 servers, storage, and networking devices, and as a result, cut energy costs by over 60 percent and saved over $860,000 in the first nine months,
  • Improved server utilization by as much as 85 percent, and
  • Received nearly $1 million in rebates and awards from Silicon Valley Power.

With its own data center upgrade completed, Sun is pitching its “Sun Eco Ready Kits” by saying, “It worked for Sun, and it can work for you.”

A new EPA report shows that data centers in the U.S. have the potential to save up to $4 billion in annual electricity costs through more energy efficient equipment and operations.

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