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IBM Smarter Computing Cuts Suffolk Life’s Power Use 37% in Four Weeks

Pension company Suffolk Life has reduced its power consumption 37 percent in four weeks, and expects to save £30,000 ($57,250) annually, after adopting IBM’s Smarter Computing approach to its IT systems.

IBM’s cloud-based Smarter Computing uses optimized systems to increase efficiency and lower energy costs. The tech company migrated 84 percent of Suffolk Life’s existing physical environment to a virtualized server and storage environment, switching from HP servers to IBM System x3650 M3 servers.

This allowed Suffolk Life to consolidate its physical servers from 66 boxes to six across two sites, plus the additional nine IBM hosts to provide the new virtual environment. The project also migrated 60 business applications to the new environment.

According to the companies, the power reduction seen during the first four weeks of running the cloud-based computing system equals about 13 tons of CO2.

Suffolk Life, which provides and administers specialist pensions, says the new systems will allow for easy expansion as the company’s customer database grows — without increasing its energy consumption.

San Francisco Bay area resource recovery company Recology also uses IBM’s Smarter Computing technology to determine types and quantities of materials in cities’ waste streams, pinpointing the location, types and amounts of waste that need to be collected for sorting or composting, and to route its trucks.

In June, the city of South Bend, Indiana, began working with IBM to apply intelligence to its wastewater management system, and IBM partnered with CUNY Ventures, a City University of New York Economic Development Corporation entity, to develop an intelligent operations platform to help the city analyze solar system development, and make it more cost competitive.

And Desert Mountain, a golf and residential community in Arizona, says it has cut its water use by 10 percent by using IBM analytics software.

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