Monday, January 19, 2009

Cloudscape Conclusions: Impact on Green IT

Cloudscape Mini Report
We asked what impact cloud computing will have on Green IT

The ‘Code of Conduct on Data Centre Energy Efficiency’, launched on 19 November 2008, is an initiative driven by the European Commission to improve energy efficiency, specifically in the ICT industry and large institutions. The Code is designed to inform and encourage data centre operators and owners to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective manner without hampering the mission critical function of data centres. The Code of Conduct aims to achieve this by improving understanding of energy demand within the data centre, raising awareness, and recommending energy efficient best practice and targets.

Green IT issues - If clouds work properly, then there is a big impetus on data centres, where the highest costs are on power. Solution: Consolidate the capacity together, to save energy and avoid having any dormant servers.
BT have a Green IT initiative using virtualisation & clouds, enabling the company to reduce the energy costs. Every large enterprise should have a Green IT policy to tackle energy efficiency.

Reducing the consumption of server energy - while virtualisation is not a possible consequent reduction, reduction of CO2 levels are.

Multi-core systems
(crippled SMPs) - virtualisation is a way of attributing to multi-core, which is very green, enabling organisations to do a lot in a small space.

OGF & OGF-Europe are committed to defining best practices for Green IT and to driving forward standardisation on these key issues. Tuned into our website for upcoming events on Green IT!

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