Data Center Servers Need Energy Star Rating

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jun 15, 2010

Data centers spend half their operating costs on power, consuming an estimated 1.5 percent of the nation’s total kilowatt hours of electrical output. This Smart Energy News report, contributed by David Scott, CEO of 3PAR suggests that the proposed Energy Star initiative would put energy efficiency right up there on the management decision list.

EPA standards failed to include a major energy hog in data centers: the data storage server.

"In northern California, utilities estimate that data centers consume more like 2.5 percent of the grid, or $834 million annually. However, the EPA’s Energy Star effort failed to include a major energy hog in corporate computing rooms: the data storage devices that consume some 37 percent of data center power costs (according to both IDC and Gartner) and require both software and hardware enhancements to improve energy efficiency.

"That is, until now. After much industry input, the EPA has finally issued a preliminary standard for an Energy Star rating for enterprise storage and opened it for public comment, with plans to define a final standard by the end of 2010. We need to propel this Energy Star initiative for storage and stop neglecting the fact that our national obsession with digital data has made us power guzzlers."

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