End users wanted for data centre power efficiency initiative

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End users wanted for data centre power efficiency initiative

Antony Savvas

The Green Grid, an industry initiative to advance energy efficient datacentres, is now inviting end user companies to join the organisation.

As firms’ data capacity needs have shot up and the power of computer processors has rapidly increased, firms’ energy consumption costs in datacentres have spiralled in terms of power and cooling costs.

The Green Grid consortium has announced a board of directors consisting of AMD, APC, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Rackable Systems, SprayCool, Sun Microsystems, and VMware.

End users and further technology suppliers are now being encouraged to become members of The Green Grid to help drive the creation of platform-neutral specifications and metrics to help make data centres more power efficient.

The Green Grid's membership structure includes Contributing and General Member levels. General members will have access to all technical documentation produced by The Green Grid, access to intellectual property licensing, and opportunities to attend events.

Contributing members will have all the above benefits and be eligible to join technology working groups, review technology documentation at each phase of development, and directly contribute to shaping future consortium direction.

The organisation has also made available its first three white papers developed by The Green Grid's technical committee. The papers offer perspectives on data centre efficiency issues, as well as efficiency baseline recommendations, and are targeted at CIO, data centre administrator and facility manager audiences.

Contributor membership costs $25,000 (£13,160) a year and general membership is $5,000 a year (£2,630).

More information can be viewed here:


http://www.thegreengrid.org/

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