The White House has aligned its data centre consolidation plan with its efforts to promote sustainability across the federal government. The Office of Management and Budget and White House Council on Environmental Quality will work together to extend existing sustainability efforts to the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiativ.. The FDCCI is the official name for an OMB-led, government-wide initiative to drastically reduce the number of federal data centres that currently exist.
A survey of 100 CIOs and data centre managers in the UK has shown that 53% of respondents do not know the environmental impact of their own data centres. The survey was conducted by researchers Vanson Bourne on behalf of data centre infrastructure management solutions provider nlyte Software.
When one thinks of green, the first thought that comes to mind probably is not a chilly warehouse packed sky-high with servers. Yet in the energy-efficiency world, that’s exactly what where an increasingly amount of focus is going to — data centres.
The Green Grid, the IT industry’s leading voice for advancing energy efficiency in data centres and business computing ecosystems, has announced the creation of two new metrics designed to help improve the sustainability of data centre facilities by measuring the effectiveness of carbon and water use tied specifically to the IT energy infrastructure they contain.
Shell has selected AT&T and Cisco to assess the energy efficiency of the oil and gas giant’s IT infrastructure. The telecoms and networking companies will calculate the CO2 output of Shell’s IT operations and map energy use patterns.
Imtech has announced that it will supply the technical infrastructure in 'green' data centres for BT in the Netherlands and BT in Germany. Imtech will provide a total solution on the basis of design, build & maintain. CO2 emissions will be reduced by 40%.
2010 has been a pivotal year for “greening” data centres. The drive towards cloud computing and the flood of new digital information has caused mission critical facilities to undergo a true revolution.
As IT continues to get more dynamic, there is a renewed emphasis on reducing complexity, streamlining infrastructure and reducing energy costs. By managing efficient data centres, companies will gain tremendous top line and bottom line growth, which is the core goal of mission critical organizations in 2010 and will continue to be the major focus over the next decade.
A British IT hosting company claims to be a carbon neutral first and there are signs that more data centres could follow suit
One of the largest sources of IT carbon emissions are data centres, so it's good to hear that Manchester-based IT hosting company, UKFast, is carbon neutral in its data centres and offices. The claim is based on achieving the PAS 2060 (Publicly Available Specification 2060) certification of carbon neutrality published by the British Standards Institution and the company claims to be the first certified 100% carbon neutral hosting company in the UK.
Syracuse University was recently acknowledged for implementing a Green Data Center to drive an effective and efficient reduction in data centre power. The institution’s data centre has actually been called one of the world’s greenest computer centres and is the result of collaboration between SU, IBM and New York State.
Sentrum, a specialist in data centre solutions, has announced the appointment of Scott Goodwin as Group Energy Officer. The role is an industry first and was created after Sentrum’s own market research identified a compelling need for increased communications with customers on carbon tax policies, site searches and implementation of new energy supplies or upgrading existing agreements.
Green House Data, the rocky mountain regions first 100% green data centre, has announced their plans to open another green data centre facility in 2011 that is focused on cloud hosting and colocation services. This new property will be in addition to their existing data centre located in Cheyenne, WY.
The Wired Real Estate Group has been tapped to lead the data centre real estate search in conformity with the sustainable practices of Green House.
BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, has launched an accreditation for energy efficient data centres.
The Certified Energy Efficiency Data Centre Award (CEEDA) will be given to data centre operators who ensure that their infrastructure adopts best practice in terms of energy efficiency. The accreditation is based on the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres.
The US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is working with China to improve the energy efficiency of the country's data centres. The project is being run by Dale Sartor, head of the Building Technology's Applications Team, and Bo Shen of the China Energy Group.
The Berkeley Lab scientists will work with the China Institute of Electronics and the China Electronics Standardization Institute to "share best practices, case studies and other material" to help form standards and training programs for China's data centre industry.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mid-tier data centre in Atlanta, as managed by Unisys, was recently certified as one of the first U.S. federal government data centres compliant with the ISO/IEC 20000 standard for best practices related to delivering managed services that meet business and customer requirements.
With this certification, the CDC data centre stands as one of only 33 organizations in the United States to achieve compliance with the standard.