Getting involved But some of the groups efforts may also involve simply garnering support.But given that benchmarks can, at times, be skewed toward one type of setup or another, the group might find a challenge in gaining a critical mass of supporters for its work, he said. Still, the potential to help define a server power testand, with it to foster a greater focus on power efficiency among corporationsis what brought the EPA Energy Star Program into the fold, said Andrew Fanara, team leader for Energy Star product development at the EPA in Washington. Intel is looking beyond the processor for power management. Click here to read more. "In general, the days of cheap energy are probably over," Fanara said. "I tell people that energy efficiency can be a real strategy to hedge against the rising cost of electricity. If you dont do anything about it, youre essentially rolling the dice." Thus, in his view, the process helps provide information to the marketplace and in doing so, serves to make it better. "[Well] set up manufacturers to compete against each other on efficiencywhich right now theres no way for them to do," he said. The nascent power group, which grew out of a server power conference held on Suns corporate campus in late January, is scheduled to meet for the first time on March 27. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
Power "is something thats very important to people these days and having a way to measure it might be a really good idea," said Gordon Haff, analyst at Illuminata in Nashua, N.H.