Accenture, in conjunction with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, has released a Data Center Energy Forecast Report, which presents side-by-side comparisons of energy savings achieved by 17 real world data center case studies.
The report indicates that today’s technology maturity is at a ‘state-of-the-art efficiency level,’ as defined by a report from the Environmental Protection Agency last year. The Data Center Energy Forecast Report concludes that by leveraging technologies available today – such as IT consolidation and modular cooling, among others — data centers can reduce electricity use by as much as 55 percent by 2011.
Accenture has also introduced a green technology suite, which offers tools to help organizations assess its environmental standing and provide recommendations on how its carbon footprints can be addressed with improved IT management. In addition, the tools can also help calculate the impact of specific initiatives in terms of workplace environmental efficiency and data center energy savings.
Tools offered under the suite are:
The Accenture Green Maturity Model, which rates where the organization sits on the green maturity spectrum on a scale of zero to five, based on responses to 300 questions across five areas; working practice, office environment, data center, procurement, and corporate citizenship.
The Data Center Estimator, which provides an assessment of the environmental and financial impact of data centers, and also suggests energy reduction strategies based on information gathered from the facility.
The Workplace Estimator, which helps develop recycling and energy saving policies for personal computers and procuring new equipment with energy efficiency in mind.