More service providers are starting to see energy efficiency gold in data centers, as evidenced by recent product offerings.
Data centers are projected to account for more and more energy use in the U.S. In fact, a recent study found that U.S. servers waste $25 billion in energy annually.
Software firm CA, in its new ecoSoftware products, includes a program called ecoMeter, which helps companies manage energy use from data centers, as well as other facilities.
The program allows a company to know, at any given time, how much energy is being used by each element in the data center – be it a server, generator, cooling unit or backup power supply, reports Earth2Tech.
Arch Rock Inc., meanwhile, has launched its Energy Optimizer – Data Center Edition.
The wireless monitoring system allows IT managers to make knowledgeable decisions about their data center efficiency in real-time, according to a press release.
The program judges a system’s efficiency against standards from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, estimating the actual dollars the data center is spending on electricity and its carbon footprint.
The system also helps identify hot spots, such as short-cycling, missing blanking panels and sub-floor obstructions, that cause energy waste.