Government Calls for Better Data Center Power Management

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jun 16, 2010

The United States Federal Government regularly calls for an increase in the efficiency of some portion of its tremendous establishment. Most recently, data centers have been the target of reduced energy usage, according to this report on Data Center Journal.

The Federal Government is looking for ways to better manage data center efficiency and reduce energy usage.

"Despite possible savings, however, InformationWeek also notes that the report did not (by admission of the TIGTA) include in its savings estimates the costs associated with implementation—an omission that could feasibly result in a complete negation of the expected returns. Nevertheless, the audit may be a source of information for improving future practices, which could result in savings without the need to make extensive changes to existing infrastructure. To be sure, even small savings can help, but the focus on such minute details with such relatively minute returns ($3,000,000 over four years represents about $750,000 per year—less than a paltry quarter of a cent per man, woman, and child in the United States, assuming the savings were distributed in such a manner) is questionable. One might wonder, for instance, how much was spent to prepare the TIGTA report, or whether $750,000 in savings compared with a $1.4 trillion Federal deficit is even newsworthy."

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