At long last, the EPA weighs in with Energy Star for servers

At long last, the EPA weighs in with Energy Star for servers

Summary: After months of work and debate, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has officially released its Energy Star requirements for server technology.

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After months of work and debate, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has officially released its Energy Star requirements for server technology.

The agency claims that equipment bearing the new Energy Star for Servers label will be 30 percent more energy-efficient than alternatives AND that complying with the new standard will help divert greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the output of about 1 million cars, trucks and other vehicles.

Here's the press release outlining the details of the specification.

Fundamentally speaking, though, servers that are engineered according to the new rules focus on the following:

  • Efficient power supplies that create less heat (and therefore, require less air conditioning)
  • Features that help keep tabs on real-time power use, utilization and temperature
  • Advanced power management that works across all states of usage
  • A data sheet that provides a standard view of energy performance and other related green IT features

There's a lot more down-and-dirty data about the specification PLUS comments from various companies throughout the industry at this link.

As many of you realize, there's much more to a data center than the servers inside, so this is clearly just the first step toward creating a more uniform way for companies to keep tabs on what hardware might be the best option for their particular infrastructure.

In fact, if you read the specification itself, you'll discover that there is a lot more work to be done. In my opinion, Tier 1 lags where the industry is moving in terms of innovation. The fine print reveals, for one, that blades and blade chassis, server appliances, network equipment, storage equipment and fully fault tolerant systems are NOT covered yet. Moreover, any server with more than four process sockets is currently ineligible for coverage.

The EPA will reveal in June 2009 its schedule for next steps. A Tier 2 level specification that addresses many of the above items is expected to emerge by Oct. 15, 2010.

Topics: Hardware, Servers

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  • Please Government control my life........

    I always wanted to live in a country where the Government will tell me, how much money I can make, if I can use my A/C, what type of vehicle I can drive, where I can live, monitor my whereabouts by taxing me with the 'global warming' errr... I mean climate change in which the supreme Al Gore climate messiah has now deemed me as a threat to all humanity because I ate a cheese burger......

    Attention all Socialist comrades, we no longer can afford such carbon activities, please do not go to work, do not use electricity, do not eat meat, and do not reproduce. For we are in a dire crisis and only the Government officials can use such luxuries.

    Also, the thought police will monitor your thoughts, we don't want anyone finding out that this is a SCAM and it is proven to be for TAX dollars.

    So if you are rich you can pollute and live in 25,000 square feet mansions like Al Gore. If not, oh well you are forbidden to have these luxuries of the social elite.

    Christian_<><
    • Amen...

      ...when are Americans going to stand up and say "ENOUGH!"? Why are we taking this dictatorship lying down? He is going to kill all vestiges of free-markets and we will never recover!!!!!

      It's abundantly clear to me - it's not about politics, it's about POWER and CONTROL!

      I fear for my country. I really do.
      SAStarling