Cutting the Power in Data Centers

As reported in IEEE Spectrum Online, makers of servers and their processors get together to reduce the wasted watts (and sell some new hardware, too):
“Retooling the data center for large global organizations is expected to save at least $100 million over 10 years, says Kenneth Brill, founder and executive director of the Uptime Institute, an IT consulting firm in Santa Fe, N.M., that has been pushing for an industry-wide change in data-center power management for the past decade.
“A few simple steps and existing technology—what Brill calls “low-hanging fruit”—can help data-center managers save money. Thirty percent of servers in a data center are comatose, he says—which means they are running at 5 to 10 percent of their total load. Consolidating their applications on fewer servers and switching the rest off is a no-cost way to cut electricity use. Plus, data-center managers could replace their hardware with energy-efficient servers and processors that are already on the market. Those two steps alone could cut electricity use by 25 percent, according to the EPA report.” Full Story

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FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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