Verizon, Green Grid Join Forces to Update International Data Centers

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-12-16 Print this article Print

In 2007, Verizon consumed 9.4 billion kilowatt hours of electricity along with 60 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel. Since then, Verizon has worked with the Green Grid to upgrade its data centers to be more energy-efficent. Now it has cut way back on its consumption, thanks to improved workload processing and better use of storage.

Verizon, as one of the world's 10 largest telecommunications service providers, also ranks as one of the world's largest users of IT and electrical energy. Company managers are well aware of the huge impact the company's data centers have on the environment.

To its credit-and to the credit of a growing number of large corporations that overlooked environmental concerns in favor of profits in years gone by-Verizon is being very purposeful about how it goes about upgrading and refurbishing those data centers and its offices around the world.

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Verizon's three operating companies-Verizon Telecom, Verizon Wireless and Verizon Business-employ 228,600 people in 75 countries, occupy about 32,000 facilities, operate some 59,000 vehicles and partner with about 3,800 suppliers to source material.

In 2007, Verizon corporate consumed 9.4 billion kilowatt hours of electricity along with 60 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel. As its networks are upgraded, the company continues to manage vast amounts of electronic equipment-19,000 tons, give or take a few pounds. In the process, it also uses 36 tons of cell phone batteries and 18,000 tons of paper and cardboard.

The company now is undergoing a major transformation from data centers that were built in the 1980s and 1990s, and is replacing the older, more power-hungry servers and storage arrays with newer, faster and more power-sipping models with cooler-running multicore processors from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.

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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