The Green Data Center: Energy-Efficient Computing in the 21st Century

SearchDataCenter.com wants to help you build the business case for energy efficiency in your data center. This e-book explains the forces driving IT energy consumption, why you should care and how you can mitigate the problem. Each month we will publish a new chapter that will help you implement a data center energy-efficiency plan. The chapters will cover the economics of data center efficiency, how to implement a plan, new green technologies in server hardware, storage and infrastructure, and case studies of companies that have put together successful data center efficiency plans.

SearchDataCenter.com wants to help you build the business case for energy efficiency in your data center. This e-book explains the forces driving IT energy consumption, why you should care about increasing power demand and how to mitigate the problem.

The Green Data Center: Energy-Efficient Computing in the 21st Century
can help you implement a data center energy-efficiency plan. Its chapters -- which we've just begun to update -- cover the economics of data center efficiency, how to implement a plan, new green technologies in server hardware, storage and infrastructure, and case studies of companies that have put together successful data center efficiency plans.

Chapter 1: Building a Business Case for Data Center Energy Efficiency

NEW: Chapter 2 2009 Update: Energy-Efficient Server Technologies

NEW: Chapter 3 2009 Update: Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency

NEW: Chapter 4 2009 Update: A Step-by-Step Guide to Greening the Data Center


Chapter 1: Building a Business Case for Data Center Energy Efficiency

This chapter addresses the following areas:

  • Power consumption trends in the data center: How is computing demand outpacing Moore's Law?
  • Why energy efficiency matters to ROI and the environment
  • How to implement energy efficiency in the data center
  • Metrics that measure "green" progress.

In the coming months, data center managers will play a leading role, as Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and C-level executives turn their attention to data center energy use. But convincing higher-ups to be proactive about energy consumption demands a solid business case.

Download this chapter now.

NEW: Chapter 2 2009 Update: Energy-Efficient Server Technologies

This chapter addresses the following areas:

  • Energy-efficient server power supplies: 80 Plus and Energy Star
  • Engineering more efficient server fans: how they work and when they will come to market
  • Improvements in processor technologies: the impact of such developments as updated power-down features and multicore processors
  • The impact of server virtualization: the impact of virtualization technology on consolidating hardware as well as the hard-dollar savings.

Download Chapter 2 Update now.

NEW: Chapter 3 2009 Update: Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency

This chapter addresses the following areas:

  • How to deploy cooling, distribute power efficiently in the data center
  • The most common and costly mistakes in deploying conventional hot/cold aisle cooling
  • How users should deploy UPSes to be more efficient and the role of modular UPSes
  • How to evaluate new technologies, including economizers, DC power and liquid cooling.

Download Chapter 3 Update now.

NEW: Chapter 4 2009 Update: A Step-by-Step Guide to Greening the Data Center

This chapter addresses the following areas:

  • Getting C-level executives to understand the benefits of greening the data center
  • The steps needed to accurately measure power usage effectiveness (PUE)
  • How to map out a strategy to reduce energy usage -- starting with components and progressing through the facility infastructure
  • A real-world look at UPS' Windward green data center project and some tricks that worked.

Download Chapter 4 Update now.

For more information on this topic, check out this guide to greening the data center for data center managers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matt Stansberry has been reporting on the convergence of IT, facility management and energy issues since 2003. He has been writing and editing for SearchDataCenter.com since its launch in January 2005. Prior to that, he was managing editor of Today's Facility Manager magazine and a staff writer for the U.S. Green Building Council. He can be reached at mstansberry@techtarget.com.

This was first published in September 2009
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