A couple of months back, I wrote about how the federal government had begun a massive data center consolidation project on the road to seeking both green and operational efficiency. Well, looks like the feds have made progress already.
Storage technology company 3PAR is reporting that 14 different federal government agencies have taken advantage of its 3PAR Carbon Neutral Storage program, under which 3PAR buys carbon offsets for its customers that are equivalent to the carbon emissions reductions they achieve by deploying its storage arrays instead of those from its competition. So far, the agencies that have bought 3PAR storage since 2007 are on track to offset roughly 24,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions (over a five-year period). 3PAR estimates that is the same as taking 4,500 vehicles off the road for a year.
Among the agencies that have purchased 3PAR InServ technology are the Department of Energy, the Department of Justice, the U.S. Navy, the Department of Commerce, the Office of Personnel Management, the Defense Logistics Agency, and Architect of the Capitol.