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Atlanta Data Center Achieves 27% Energy Reduction

data center serversA new data center in Atlanta projects a 27 percent reduction in energy consumption, when compared to similar facilities.

The new data center, owned by Corus360, is expected to attain LEED Gold status, according to a press release.

The company says that the data center should help reduce costs after energy savings from server, storage, cooling and power distribution are factored in.

Corus360 plans to use the data center as a demonstration of its Green LITE marketing strategy. Corus360 works with outside companies to help identify measures to reduce energy consumption through asset discovery, virtualization, power and cooling studies and assessments of storage potential.

The company touts 10 ways to reduce IT spending.

The new data center, located in the basement of its 30,000 square foot office building, comes several months after the building re-entered service. It was constructed in 1974 and recently renovated.

The building features occupancy-sensing compact fluorescent lighting, water- saving plumbing, additional windows for natural lighting, efficient AC units and a white roof, according to a press release.

Retrofitting of data centers – and new construction – was one of the leading trends in 2009.

Cisco Systems, the networking equipment giant, achieved an estimated savings of $120,000 per year in energy costs by simulating a data center using Future Facilities’ Virtual Facility (VF) simulation methodology, which ties together cooling, availability and efficiency in one analytic model.

IBM opened a showcase Green Data Center at Syracuse University that relies on combined heat and power (CHP) to save energy.

IBM also introduced a new modular data center model puts computing power in the form of a trailer, which can be towed to remote locations or used as an on-demand addition at existing data centers.

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