Viridity Raises Funds for Data Center Management

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Aug 20, 2010

Viridity Software helps with data center management. The EnergyCenter  software uses server power usage modeling and server utilization data to target data center power waste — older servers that need to be replaced and servers that are being underutilized. As reported on GigaOM, the Burlington, Mass.-based startup announced it has raised an $8 million second round of funding from Battery Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners to take that idea to market.

The company's EnergyCenter software delivers per-server power usage information.

"The software-only approach differs from a host of other data center efficiency startups, such as Arch Rock, Sentilla and Synapsense that have focused on using wireless sensors to collect data. The main benefit to Viridity’s approach is lower cost, Tresh said.

"On the other hand, sensors can deliver information that software alone may not be able to, such as temperature and humidity data that can help data center operators fine-tune their cooling systems, which can account for up to half of a data center’s energy costs. As analyst Katherine Austin put it in a September GigaOM Pro report (subscription required), it’s difficult to make a decision on whether to shift cooling strategies or run data centers a few degrees hotter without real-time data to know which sections of the data center might be at risk of overheating."

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