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Apr 21 2009   2:58PM GMT

Redefining a “green” data center

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

It is all well and good to talk about building green data centers here in the United States, but what is happening overseas?

Though some of the video teleconference at The Uptime Institute’s show last week was dull, there were some interesting insights into how different parts of the world run their data centers. The video conference had participants in New York, San Francisco, Italy, and South Africa, among other places. When talking about data center energy efficiency, the folks in South Africa had some interesting things to say.

Some countries in Africa have unreliable power grids. Nigeria is one nation that sticks out, and one mentioned during the conference. And so in Nigeria, many data centers are running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on diesel generators. That’s right: diesel generators. It’s the only way they can guarantee uptime. Talk about running up your carbon footprint.

As the guy from South Africa said, “it goes totally against the green movement we’re talking about.”

But Robert Aldrich, the senior manager of the efficiency assurance program at Cisco, said it just opens up other opportunities for electricity generation. Solar power, for example, becomes a much more attractive option for Nigerian data centers.

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  • Itknowledge
    I came across this webcast "How Green Data Ceners can Pay For Themselves" This webcast discusses how IBM Green IT solutions can cut energy costs, generate extra savings and justify return on investment for an organization. It details the story of Bryant University and highlights how they have reduced energy consumption by deploying energy efficient solutions and practices.
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  • Zeekayinfo3
    I just came back from Japan. Regarding this subject, Japan just created two DC related organization called Japan Data Center Council (JDCC) and ASPIC. Their current focus is to re-define the tiering of data centers to tailor to Japan's reliable infrastructure. This means no redundant incoming power lines or generators (because the power supply reliability is so good) for tier-3 or tier-4 type data centers. Yes, if everything works fine, you do not need any redundancy and your data center must be very green. If interested, take a look at my posts at
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