IBM RTP, NC Achieves Gold LEED Certification
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Yesterday I was able to attend an analyst briefing on Integrated Service Management for Smarter Data Centers, right here in Research Triangle Park, NC. The timing couldn't have been more perfect, as today IBM announced that the RTP data center achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification! Press Release.
I'm always proud when I learn about a local achievement, and I couldn't have been more proud to be a part of the event yesterday. As I watched a room full of analysts listen to the top IBM executives Steve Mills, Robert LeBlanc and Al Zollar discuss the problems that data centers face you could just see the statistics resonating with the analysts. The numbers that Robert LeBlanc quoted from the recent IBM Global CEO Survey to 2200 CEOs were not shocking to the analysts........they listen to clients and hear these challenges every day. Their job is to find the solutions out there that will help their clients to solve these challenges.
I was amazed when Steve Sams, Vice President, Global Site and Facilities Services said that IBM data centers around the world take up 6% of the floor space while driving 45% of IBM's total world wide energy consumption. He explained that the 3 responses to today's increasing technology challenges are:
As Steve went on you could easily see why clients need to focus on data center infrastructure costs. For IBM it means taking $4.1 Billion out of the bottomline in 5 years.......phenomenal! With managing approximately 40,000 sensors across a 60,000 square foot carbon footprint at the RTP leadership data center, you can see that the timing of the new IBM Maximo Data Center Infrastructure Management product is perfect. It will enable efficient space and power capacity planning and management across the data center.
But it's about more than the dollars.....IBM is clearly committed to being a leader in energy and environmental initiatives. When IBM talks "green" or enabling technologies to achieve a "Smarter Planet" all you need to do is take a look at the proof points......and the RTP data center is a perfect example.
For an overview of the event, check out pictures from the event here.
To learn more about the RTP Leadership Data Center and to watch a series of videos about it go to this link.