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CAD computer aided design for green building and green communities Much of the energy saving strategy in the IT industry has concentrated on standalone datacenter companies. But corporate datacenters are now coming into the greening process.

The IT industry produces 38 million metric tons of C02 emissions from data centers.

Companies are running out of space and power in their datacenters, not to mention struggling with high energy costs. Business leaders, politicians, and consumers alike are becoming increasingly concerned about their impact on the environment.

"Why Green?" asked John Phelps, of Gartner. He answered his own question with "per square foot annual data center energy costs are 30 - 80 times more than those of a typical office building. but their own poll say 70% of CIOs are not concerned with power consumption. Because they aren't being charged by the power. There is no meter on the data center. Believe me, that is going to change.

Gartner's recommendations for IT sustainability

  • Optimize. Ensure a raised floor ambient temp of 70 – 74 degrees F and relative humidity of 45 – 50%.
  • Fix what you can to optimize airflow within the room and the rack.
  • Consider virtualization rather than blades for consolidation.
  • Shift non essential workloads to off peak hours.
  • Decommission and remove unused equipment.
  • Execute proper preventive maintenance routines.
"Green is more than power usage", Phelps said. Non IT equipment, asset procurement (based on full life cycles) energy sources, e-waste management, and building construction should all be added into the full analysis.

When you can reduce the IT load, you can then follow up by reducing the cooling load. Then look at Universal Power Systems and Power Distribution units, AC v DC power, and more efficient generators," summarizes Deborah Grove, IT sustainability consultant.

Read Grove's full IT report at her blog: Grovesgreenit.typepad.com



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