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The EPA recently announced the use of its Energy Star specifications for servers. This is good news as it a broad step towards making servers and data centers more energy efficient.
An interesting read in PC World about the EPA applying their Energy Star program to servers (EPA Gives Servers Energy Star Ratings) reaffirmed my belief that the people were getting serious about energy management by servers. As I indicated in my news story (Cutting Back Energy in the Data Dungeon), the amount of energy used by data centers and their rows upon rows of information servers had doubled in usage in just a five year period. The news that servers would now be labeled with the Energy Star logo to indicate that its energy efficient is a good first step towards companies making conscious decisions on how to improve their energy use.
Under the Energy Star specifications, machines using 30-percent less power than standard systems will be marked with the Energy Star label. The EPA claims the new specifications could end up saving the United States over $800-million dollars per year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to those generated by more than 1 million vehicles (non-hybrid or electric, of course).
I applaud not only the EPA for applying their regulatory specification to servers but also the server manufacturers for agreeing to (and most likely compromising on a business revenue-level) a set of standards that will go a long way in improving the power drain these data centers can cause.