Group Aims to Set Data Center Power Standards

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-02-04 Print this article Print

The Green Grid consortium will unveil several project "deliverables" during its first public conference

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Green Grid, a global consortium dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centers, will unveil four project "deliverables" during its first public Technical Forum and Members' Meeting here Feb. 5-6.

The consortium, launched one year ago and now sporting some 150 members, aims to deliver "strategies, methodologies and process recommendations" to provide IT managers with new frameworks to assess data center energy use in order to gain greater efficiencies, a spokesperson said.

John Tucillo, a director of the nonprofit group, told a teleconference audience Feb. 4 that the organization has "three main goals: definitions, development and promoting/sharing what they [members] develop."

The four deliverables that will be released Feb. 5 are: a white paper on organization barriers to more efficient and lower-power data centers; reports on commonly used practices on saving power in the data center; on power distribution in the data center -- playing off a 2006 Lawrence Berkeley Labs study; and on five ways to save power immediately.

This frameworks developed by the Green Grid are designed to educate data center administrators on data center productivity, provide them with a better understanding of the key factors driving energy consumption and encourage them to reduce energy use in their data centers. 

During the forum, Green Grid members will discuss the future direction of energy-efficient data centers while previewing projects-in-progress, which include a data center rating system and ways to measure data center productivity.

That entails the consortium's progress in developing metrics for data centers that relate useful work performed within data centers to the resources required to complete that work.

For more information about The Green Grid Technical Forum, go here.

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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