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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: DOE Computer Standards, BP Spill Estimates

The Department of Energy announced in the Federal Register that it plans to order new efficiency standards for all computers and servers in the US. The DOE said it “tentatively” ruled that title III, part A of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) covers both consumers and servers. The DOE proposal is open for public comment … Read more »

How Efficient Is Your Server Estate?

Probably the most fundamental pieces of equipment in your IT asset arsenal are servers. But they are also probably the most disregarded when it comes to looking at efficiency. Many Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions concentrate on everything else in the facility but not on the humble server itself. … 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 »

Fujitsu Launches ‘World’s Most Energy-Efficient’ Single-Node Server

Fujitsu has launched Primergy RX300 S7, a product that the company calls the world’s most energy-efficient single-node server. The server has a 51 percent energy-efficiency advantage over its nearest benchmarked competitor, Hewlett-Packard’s ProLiant DL360 G7, according to Fujistsu. This, the company says, means that customers can now run two-thirds more workloads … Read more »

Are Your Servers Running Efficiently?

Last July, the US federal government announced plans to shut 40 percent of its data centers over the next four years. With more than 2,000 data centers, the Obama Administration realized that data center consolidation was part of a broader strategy to become more IT efficient and make substantial savings … Read more »

Viridity Incorporates Intel Data Center Manager

Viridity Software has announced that it will incorporate Intel Data Center Manager SDK into its EnergyCenter software. Viridity said the integration will help IT and facilities managers to monitor and manage data center assets at a much more granular level, obtaining detailed information such as temperature directly from specific server … Read more »

HP Helps Biggest State Water System Cut 440 Servers

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has replaced its Sun and Dell servers with HP’s Converged Infrastructure, cutting energy use and costs. HP says that with its BladeSystem technology, the California DWR was able to move to a 95 percent virtualized environment, reducing its physical servers from 600 to … Read more »

‘Data Furnace’ Servers Could Heat Offices – On Purpose

‘Data Furnace’ Servers Could Heat Offices – On Purpose

Servers should be used as “data furnaces”, acting as primary heating sources for businesses and homes, according to a study co-authored by Microsoft scientists. In The Data Furnace: Heating Up with Cloud Computing, researchers from Microsoft and the University of Virginia argue that the problem of servers’ heat generation can … Read more »

USPS To Combine Four Data Centers into One

A branch of the U.S. Postal Service with more than 90 offices plans to combine four data centers into one energy-efficient building, Reuters reports. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) will move all its IT assets to the new facility, which it plans to build in only ten months. The … Read more »

Few Agencies Ready for Energy Reduction Mandates

Only 13 percent of federal agencies are ready to comply with energy reduction requirements, according to a survey by an IT efficiency software company. In an IE survey, 13 percent of federal agencies responding said they were “definitely ready” to comply with federal energy reduction mandates such as executive orders … Read more »

Cisco, Dell, HP Push Limits of Server Efficiency

Product launches from Cisco, Dell and HP and others illustrate the lengths that computer firms are going to introduce new energy efficient devices. IBM, HP, Dell, SGI, Cray and Super Micro are using the newest Intel chip, the “Westmere,” to help gain energy efficiency in their machines, reports eWeek. The … Read more »

eBay to Emit 15% Fewer GHGs by 2012

E-commerce powerhouse eBay plans to reduce its 2012 greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent, when compared to its 2008 emissions. This news comes at the same time as eBay has donated some old servers to the University of Notre Dame, where the servers will assist in AIDS and cancer research. Heat … Read more »