Green Data Center Initiatives
Green Data Centers are good for the environment and good for businessNot only is going “green” having measurable impacts on carbon emissions and climate change, but Companies are seeing immediate economic benefits by incorporating Green IT in their data centers. In order to go “green”, Companies must measure, analyze and control power usage while making systematic changes to reduce energy consumption. Each change can be measured for effectiveness with the overall goal of decreasing energy use without compromizing equipment uptime or availability. With requirements for five “9’s” of uptime for data center power, it isn’t always possible to convert to 100% dependance on sustainable power technologies (i.e., wind, solar, wave, etc,), but that doesn’t mean you can’t optimize your current power usage – all leading to improved data center energy efficiency, a controlled data center carbon footprint and better overall company ROI.
Achieving a “green” data center requires more than guestimating the energy savings on the application form for ENERGY STAR or LEEDS Certification. You need proof of your data center efficiency over time. For instance, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses the power usage effectiveness (PUE) metric to determine whether a data center qualifies for the ENERGY STAR label. With OpenData software from Modius, you can validate the effectiveness of your green initiatives by accurately tracking energy consumption, carbon emissions and PUE in the data center over time.
OpenData offers a complete real-time monitoring solution of the extended power and cooling infrastructure—from the grid to the server. The software captures, normalizes and stores performance and energy-consumption data from IT and facility infrastructure equipment, including electrical power distribution, cooling and air management devices, and environmental sensors.