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Times Blasts Data Center Energy Waste; Industry Calls Story Unfair

Data centers can waste 90 percent or more of the electricity they pull off the grid, with idly running servers and backup generators the major contributors, according to a report published by The New York Times, which has garnered some backlash by industry commentators. The article is the first in … Read more »

Must-Know Metrics for Data Center Energy Management

The focus on energy consumption in data centers is requiring facility and IT managers to begin using some key metrics for monitoring and managing power. The most common means today for assessing data center energy efficiency is the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating system. PUE is simply the ratio of … Read more »

Networking Key to Mainstreaming Sustainability, AMEE Says

Networking Key to Mainstreaming Sustainability, AMEE Says

Interconnecting environmental data systems is the key to driving sustainability into the mainstream, according to cloud-based software provider AMEE. Cloud-based environmental management services provide users a safe haven in which to gather data, carry out analysis, and get answers without the need for new software or infrastructure, AMEE’s Gavin Starks … Read more »

Apple’s China Suppliers to Get Independent Environmental Audits

Apple has told the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) that it will soon allow independent environmental reviews of at least two suppliers’ factories in China. The environmental examinations would be separate from a probe of working conditions at supplier factories, including Foxconn Technology, that began last week, USA … Read more »

Channeling Surplus IT Promotes Sustainability

Connect to Compete, an initiative led by the FCC with help from private and non-profit organizations, gives large businesses and government agencies the opportunity to re-channel used, surplus computer equipment to help provide support to the one-third of Americans who lack a home PC or broadband internet access. Doing so … Read more »

Google Jumps to 1st Place in Cool IT Climate Rankings

Google has secured the top spot in Greenpeace’s Cool IT Leaderboard, with 53 points, up from 47 points and fourth place in the rankings’ last edition. The search giant is followed by Cisco – down from 1st place – and a tie between Ericsson and Fujitsu. Oracle continues to bring … Read more »

CA Technologies Updates Data Center, IT Energy Software

CA Technologies has announced new and enhanced offerings in its CA ecoSoftware, designed to further extend the company’s support for data center infrastructure management (DCIM) and IT energy management. The company says the improved capabilities in CA ecoMeter 3.0, as well as the new CA ecoDesktop, can help IT and … Read more »

How the Public Sector Can Use More Current Resources and Cut Costs

Efficiency Matters Improving the efficiency of IT tops the list for enterprises as they go into 2012, according to independent research firm Forrester Research, Inc.: “While 2011 started with a more robust IT spending environment, many organizations began to pull back midyear, and 2012 plans are expected to be more … Read more »

Microsoft: Cloud Computing Can Cut Emissions by 30% or More

Microsoft: Cloud Computing Can Cut Emissions by 30% or More

Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and services are estimated to double their global carbon emissions to 4 percent of global electricity consumption by 2020, taking an 8-10 percent share of electricity consumption in the EU alone, says John Vassallo, Microsoft vice president for EU affairs and associate general counsel. Vassallo’s … Read more »

Emerson Launches Data Center Management Hardware

Emerson Network Power has introduced the Avocent Universal Management Gateway, a product it calls the first data center appliance to enable true real-time, integrated monitoring, access and control across information technology and facilities systems in a data center. The appliance is an integral part of Emerson’s Trellis data center management … Read more »

IBM, Thales, Bosch Research Electronics Cooling

IBM, Bosch and Thales have teamed up with research institutes and universities to reduce the carbon footprint of companies that rely on thermal management for electronics, according to Environmental Protection. The Nanopack project has resulted in new micro- and nanotechnology-based thermal interface materials (TIMs) to increase heat transfer away from … Read more »

Fed Agencies Ordered to Cut Travel, Printing, IT 20%

President Obama heralded a program that has saved the Commerce Department $1.8 million off its cell phone bills, as he directed agencies to shrink their travel, printing and IT spending by 20 percent by fiscal year 2013. Obama signed an executive order, “Promoting Efficient Spending,” encouraging agencies to limit executive … Read more »