Instrumented Interconnecteds Intelligent

Wayne Balta, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Product Safety, IBM

Wayne Balta, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Product Safety, IBM

By Wayne Balta

Creating a smarter planet means taking steps toward a more sustainable planet.

The EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program has been working toward this vision for years. These days, most people recognize the ENERGY STAR seal as a trusted sign of energy efficiency from seeing it on everything from light bulbs to refrigerators. But IBM’s involvement with ENERGY STAR goes all the way back to 1992 when we became a charter member of the ENERGY STAR Computer Program. Back then it was focused on personal computers. Today, however, in an era of the global internet, Big Data and analytics, ENERGY STAR is also addressing computer servers and data centers.

On one hand, information technologies enable many of our world’s systems to be far more energy efficient. A 2008 study by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy found that “for every extra kilowatt-hour of electricity that has been demanded by ICT technologies, the U.S. economy increased its overall energy savings by a factor of about 10.”

On the other hand, the world’s computing infrastructure is growing. It has been estimated that data centers presently consume about 2 percent of worldwide energy. That may seem like a relatively small percentage, but continued growth is a certainty and opportunities abound to make present computing infrastructures and future growth far more energy efficient. For example, far too many data centers are managed with an uninformed “add a server” approach. Change will make good environmental sense and good business sense.

That’s where ENERGY STAR can play a constructive role. IBM has been an active leader throughout the the EPA’s recent process to extend the ENERGY STAR program to computer servers. ENERGY STAR’s new Version 2.0 rating recognizes servers that can handle increased computing workloads without using power wastefully. IBM has, incidentally, qualified a broad range of eligible Power Systems and System x servers to the new standard – eleven server product families in all.

One IBM client, Indigo, Canada’s largest book and specialty retailer, has used Power Systems to keep its power consumption at the exact the same levels as they were seven years ago – translating into an overall net cost reduction of 35 percent over the last five years. Since the company has upgraded to one of IBM’s latest ENERGY STAR-qualified Power Systems servers, it expects to see even more energy savings.

The qualifying criteria for the new ENERGY STAR rating includes features like efficient power supplies, real-time power usage measurement, and advanced power management for lowering power usage during low workload and idle periods – something enterprises have especially struggled to balance, despite servers becoming more and more power efficient.

In fact, data centers often use a relatively small portion of their electricity consumption powering servers to perform computations; more electricity has been used to keep servers idling. The new ENERGY STAR 2.0 specifications attempt to reduce this waste with stringent idle power limits and a requirement to ship qualified servers with their power management features enabled. These updated criteria can help organizations dramatically lower the amount of energy required to run data centers, while handling more work more efficiently.

With these new criteria, the EPA projects that ENERGY STAR 2.0 designated computer servers will be, on average, 30 percent more
energy efficient than other servers. What’s more, if all servers sold in the U.S. were to meet the new specifications, energy cost savings could approach $800 million per year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from over one million vehicles. That can really make a difference – one data center at a time.
____________________________________________

Follow IBM Smarter Planet on Google+

Bookmark and Share

Previous post

Next post

7 Comments
 
July 30, 2014
3:37 pm

Superb site you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any community
forums tgat cover the same topics talked about in this article?
I’d really like to be a part of community where I
can get advice from other experienced individuals that share the same interest.
If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Many thanks!


Posted by: american style fridge freezer
 
July 25, 2014
10:21 am

One function of the bustle and the hoopskirt was to make the waist
look smaller and to enhance the bust. This fabric is intended to be loose fitting, but wear it too loose and you’ll
look fat. It’s nice that at least parts of society and media are recognizing that not
all women are shaped the same and we don’t all need to be a
size 6 or smaller.


Posted by: red bandage dress sweetheart
 
July 20, 2014
6:01 am

This will help to avoid streaking and will ensure results.
Vitamin D is a hormone-like substance critical for the vast majority of your biological functions,
including:. Additionally, it can also play MPEG-4 video upto 2.


Posted by: chloe sims chaz dean wen hair care reviews sally beauty supply
 
July 17, 2014
6:30 am

In less than a year, Diosdado’s company realized sales
of $12 million in the first quarter alone, thus creating a
tremendous response from investors when the company went public.
If you are looking for a special item to complete your project, Hobby
Lobby is the store for you. It is larger than several other
RC helicopters and is tougher too.


Posted by: Winnie
 
July 9, 2014
2:39 am

I contact each and every person who contacted me for a free consultation.
Our campaigns convey your accomplishments, forge a connection with your audience, and help increase public support and public
awareness. You are part of a local facebook network and
you have access to that network to befriend them. Develop and deliver valuable content for your target audience.
If you are not an active user of social media and you think that having a
profile set-up will ‘just do the work itself’, then you are in for a dissappointment.

At the same time it’s fair to say that Social
Media Monitoring services are growing just as fast as digital marketing industry
itself making it harder and harder to stay attuned
to new tools, features and apps. There is no doubt about it publishing is hard, there is a
lot of comppetion out there and even having great contacts in the publishing world does not guarantee you success.

What they want is something useful from your business.

They usually have an agenda which tends to revolve around one main point.
Interacting with them leads to meaningful connections, sales, or obtaining the best prices from wholesale
suppliers.


Posted by: social media Marketing glossary
 
April 17, 2014
7:56 am

Good job EPA


Posted by: Buitines technikos isvezimas kaune
 
April 17, 2014
7:53 am

Good step EPA, nice to be green


Posted by: Buitines technikos isvezimas kaune
 
Post a Comment