Going green: Are you feeling the pressure?

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Open IT ForumAre you feeling the pressure to "go green" in your IT department or data center? Where is the pressure coming from, and what measures have you taken thus far?

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The company I work for instituted a green policy at the beginning of this year. IBM was brought in to evaluate the server room setup and configuration in regards to the AC and power. We used 3 large AC units and with the help from IBM were able to reduce it to 2. This was done by simple rack placement within the room for air flow and the raised floor tiles. As anyone who has pulled up a raised tile, the temp below is very cold. Perforated tiles were placed around the racks and the temp has remained the same as when 3 units were used.
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I’m not seeing any clients spending money on it. Although I’m a <i>devoted </i>conservationist and completely understand the value of cutting back and not being wasteful much of the intent behind these “green” initiatives is not what it appears to be. So, I won’t be jumping on this social bandwagon anytime soon. I do – and will continue to – encourage others to conserve wherever they can.

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Our budget is the driving factor. We are building out a new data center to replace an existing old one and are installing new “chimney” racks which divert the heat up to a lowered ceiling and over to the AC units to cool and recycle the air. The cost savings due to reduced powere consumption have been calculated to be significant.

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  • jaideep
    Definitely the heat is on. If we don’t start acting today, it might be very late tomorrow. The organizations not lending an ear to such issues are feeling the pressure from their vendors, customers and employees to open their eyes and do something about it.
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