Green Data Center Management Ideas

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jul 2, 2010

The EPA believes that data centers in the United States on track to double power consumption by 2011 to more than 100 billion kWh, for a total energy bill of $7.4 billion annually. As offered in this article, there are a number of ways that data center managers can use technology to decrease power consumption while increasing server and network efficiencies.

Data center managers can lower power consumption while boosting server and network efficiencies.

"Some new applications that are supposed to make data centers 'greener' might seem unusual from the outset, but they offer promising results and could merit serious consideration in the future. For example, HP has experimented with using energy that cow manure releases to power large data centers. The HP researchers say a farm of 10,000 dairy cows can produce enough manure to power a 1-megawatt data center as well as meet other power requirements for the farm.

"The researchers have also demonstrated that heat released from data centers can be used, when combined with cow manure, to generate methane gas, which in turn can serve as a potential power source. The ability to apply the excess heat from the data center to manure to produce more energy in itself represents “the key thing” compared to just using cow manure for data center energy, says Bill Kosik, energy and sustainability director for critical facilities services at HP ( 'This is like the Holy Grail in data centers for what to do with the waste heat,' Kosik says."

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