The 7x24 Exchange and other groups have been working with the Department of Energy and ENERGY STAR to foster improved efficiency within mission-critical facilities. To develop a better understanding of energy-efficiency opportunities that would accelerate adoption of energy-efficient technologies beyond current trends, scenarios were developed to explore energy use in data centers until 2011:
Both best practice and state-of-the-art models rely upon 98 percent efficient transformers and UPS systems that are 90 percent or more efficient. They also rely upon variable-speed fans and pumps, redundant air-handling units and, in the state-of-the-art model, a combined heat and power system for lower energy costs.
But the biggest difference is via server virtualization and storage devices. In the best practices model, ENERGY STAR calls for “moderate” server virtualization and reduction in applicable storage devices, whereas state-of-the-art calls for aggressive server virtualization and aggressive reduction of storage devices.
— Loren Snyder
The 7x24 Exchange is a forum dedicated to improving the reliability of mission-critical facilities.
“The organization works with industry, researchers and government to arrive at solutions while providing a forum for education and debate,” says Bob Cassiliano, chairman.
Energy efficiency has been at the top-of-mind for many attendees at the organization’s conferences, Cassiliano says.
“We intend, at our spring conference, to have panel of experts so that they can give their observations and open up an intelligent debate on the subject of data center energy efficiency,” he says.
Click here for more information about 7x24 and its spring conference, June 1-4 in Boca Raton, Fla.