There hasn't been all that information released so far by the major hardware OEMs about how their server technology stands up against version 1 of an Energy Star specification for servers that was adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a bit more than a month ago. HP was actually the first to proclaim its support in mid-May, with certain configurations of its ProLiant DL360 and DL380 products. Here are the details about which features help it make this claim.
Although the Energy Star specification is definitely wanting (doesn't support blades, ouch, or multicores, ouch), it's definitely a start, and now Dell is saying its recently released PowerEdge servers, specifically the PowerEdge R710 and R610 lines (not just a few models), have been certified for the specification.
Daniel Bounds, director of enterprise power and cooling solutions for Dell, says Dell worked closely with the EPA to ensure it could make this statement about the PowerEdge products, which represent two of its high-volume Nehalem-inspired server offerings that are being used in virtualization solutions. One of the things Bounds touts most loudly is the Dell Energy Smart management solution, which monitors power usages vs. performance demands, adjusting settings according to what your organization values most.
Keep your ears open for more news about Energy Star and the new server specification.