Servers go green with Energy Star

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Servers go green with Energy Star

Cliff Saran

IT departments can now purchase green servers rated by the Energy Star programme, which produces energy ratings for white goods like fridges.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which runs the programme, on average, computer servers that earn the Energy Star label will be 30% more energy efficient than standard servers.

The EPA said that if all servers sold in the US meet this specification, energy cost savings would grow to $800 million per year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from more than 1 million vehicles.

Energy Star looks at efficient power supplies that generate less waste heat, reducing the need for excess air conditioning and capabilities to measure real-time power use, processor utilisation and air temperature.

Server manufacturers welling Energy Star rated products will need to provide IT purchasers with power and performance data sheets.


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