Storage Industry Group Launches Green Data Center Initiative

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-10-12 Print this article Print

SNIA's Emerald program will eventually provide a vendor-neutral power efficiency test measurement specification for data centers.

At its biannual conference in Dallas, the Storage Networking Industry Association Oct. 12 unveiled its Green Storage Initiative Emerald program, which eventually will lead to the release of SNIA's Emerald Power Efficiency Measurement Specification.

This is similar to other data center standardization efforts already in play, such as those in operation by the Green Grid's Data Center Efficiency program, the federal government's Energy Star program, the Uptime Institute and AFCOM's data center instructional programs.

SNIA's initiative, however, focuses most closely on the storage side of the data center.

SNIA, whose main job is to standardize cloud storage and power efficiency standards for enterprise storage systems, has posted a Website that vendors and other interested people can use to prepare for the forthcoming public release of the power efficiency measurement specification.

SNIA Chairman Wayne Adams, a senior technologist at EMC, said the Emerald program is designed "to provide a vendor-neutral power efficiency test measurement specification and serve as a clearinghouse for sharing the results of using the specification. The Website will provide the resources needed to learn about, evaluate, test and share storage system power usage and efficiency."

There is a fee to participate in the Emerald program. SNIA members pay about $300 to download and use the specification and to post their power efficiency measurements to the Website; non-members will pay about $500 to do the same thing.

The money will go toward "sustaining the program's infrastructure," Adams said.

SNIA's Emerald program plans to be fully operational by April 2011, Adams said.

The SNIA Green Storage Initiative manages Emerald by providing input and guidance to the Green Storage Technical Working Group (GS-TWG) and general marketing of energy efficiency activities within the SNIA and the storage networking industry.

The SNIA is a non-profit, international organization of manufacturers, systems integrators, developers, systems vendors, industry professionals and end users.

Storage Networking World continues through Oct. 14 at the Gaylord Texan resort in Dallas.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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