IBM has a contract with Victoria University in Australia to design and build a green data center that school officials hope will save $300,000 in power costs over 10 years, consume 45 percent less power than a conventional data center and save the university more than 300,000 kilowatts of energy every year. IBM plans to use a modular design and will implement an in-row cooling system that targets the sources of heat in the data center and smaller uninterrupted power supplies to maximize the amount of usable power.
is going to use its green technology
expertise to build an energy-efficient data center for an Australian university.
in Melbourne, Australia,
is contracting with IBM to design and build
the school's first green data center. University officials said they hope the
move will save the school $300,000 in power costs over the next 10 years while
at the same time leaving the school able to handle the expected growth in data
over the same time period.
The deal, signed in March and announced April 7, will also enable the
university to create what IBM officials say
will be a single logical data center across two physical sites.
has more than 45,000 students spread out over 11 campuses, said Stephen Weller,
the school's pro vice chancellor of students.
"The data center is critical to supplying educational services to all
our students, as well as supporting the university's administrative
functions," Weller said in a statement. "With the rapid growth in
data, we needed to make sure that we stay ahead of the game, and so acquired a
design and solution that would cater for our data center needs for the next 10
years-including increased power, cooling, space and floor load capacity."
IBM officials said they will use a
modular design approach, which will ease start-up energy demands on the
existing site's electrical supply.
IBM will use an in-row cooling solution
that targets the cooling at the sources generating the heat, as well as a free-cooling
chiller. IBM also will use smaller UPS
(uninterruptible power supply) modules to optimize the amount of usable power
and increase the efficiency of the UPS. The
goal is to offer energy cost savings and eliminate hot spots within the
Overall, IBM's design will consume up to
45 percent less power than a conventional data center and could save more than
300,000 kilowatts of energy every year.
"The IBM solution includes a high
level of reliability, as the power and cooling systems have been designed for
high availability and scalability with little or no downtime," Malcolm
Mackay, an executive with IBM Australia's
Site and Facilities Services group, said in a statement. "Furthermore, the
solution will help the university avoid more than 230 metric tons of CO2 carbon
emissions per year."
IBM and its rivals in the data center
technology space are making energy efficiency a key part of their efforts. IBM
two years ago rolled out Project
in which IBM pledged $1
billion to improve the energy efficiency of its products, and includes a
five-step program officials say will help data center administrators reduce
energy consumption and turn the facilities into green data centers. Using these
steps, an average data center could save about 42 percent in energy costs a
year, IBM claimed.
IBM in June 2008 opened its own data center in Boulder, Colo., calling it the greenest in the United States.