IBM Energy Management
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Effective monitoring of IT, data center and facility assets can bring positive savings to companies that are paying attention to it. Based on a survey I read recently, decreased energy use (or greater energy efficiency) and increased cooling efficiency were mentioned as the biggest benefits that data center and facility managers are seeing from their green efforts. In reality, these companies should probably also realize that, in most cases, they may have to invest a little in technology to see real benefits. Easier said than done in today's economic climate, but worth investigating.
Where can a company get started on a path toward a more energy efficient IT infrastructure? Start by gaining thorough visibility in to (or discovering) your actual IT (servers, etc.), data center (CRAC units, etc.) and facility assets, and how they are being used. Once you can see your assets and how they are performing, you can begin to take the necessary actions required to optimize those assets. This might come in the form of simply using your technology assets to their fullest capacity, or even a simple understanding of where your assets might require less cooling when they are idle. A better utilized, better performing asset should likewise be a more energy efficient asset. Let me put it like this: see what you have, understand how it is being (or not being) used, and adjust accordingly.
What should an energy monitoring solution provide?
As I said, visibility into energy consumption is key. Energy monitoring software should act as the "collector" if you will of sensor data from IT, data center and facility equipment. It should provide visibility to help manage the data center environment (think back to what I mentioned about "discovering" earlier). It should help you gain insight into energy and thermal information for such equipment and infrastructure and should enable the optimization of the monitored environment from a centralized point of control. It should allow information to be stored in real-time to leverage historic, and trending energy and thermal metrics in a common repository to help you make better informed decisions around energy management. Lastly, it should allow the collected data to be used by other solutions such as thermal visualization, dashboard, and applications that help you understand your costs and track, allocate and invoice by multiple criteria.
You may not have to have a huge budget to better monitor your assets. And you may not even need extra people either. Before you make the decision NOT to invest, do your homework. Look for the criteria outlined above. Explore solutions that monitor IT, data center and facility assets. Understand the full scope of what you might need to do. You might be surprised to find out that it's not as big of an undertaking as you may think. And the rewards are many fold.
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Here's an excerpt from IBMs corporate responsibility web site. I thought I'd share it with you because we've been hearing a lot lately about climate change and such, and this outlines what IBM is doing - and has been doing for years - around protecting and preserving our environment.
IBM’s longstanding commitment to environmental protection was first formalized as a corporate policy in 1971. From how we run our operations to the products and solutions we provide to our clients, we are committed to leadership across environmental areas ranging from energy efficiency and water conservation to pollution prevention and product stewardship.
Energy conservation has been a major component of IBM's comprehensive climate protection programs because the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the utilities powering the company's facilities and from the use of fuel for heating or cooling represents the greatest potential climate impact associated with IBM's operations. Because of that, a principal focus of IBM's climate objectives has been its energy conservation goal.
IBM has been tracking it energy consumption since 1973 and has had a specific, numeric annual energy conservation goal for decades. The results of this early focus on energy conservation have been significant. For example, between 1990 and 2008, IBM saved 4.9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity consumption, avoided nearly 3.3 million metric tons of CO2 emissions, an amount equal to 48 percent of the company's 1990 global CO2 emissions, and saved over $343 million through its annual energy conservation actions.
You can read more @ http://www.ibm.com/ibm/responsibility/environment.shtml.
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Measuring and benchmarking energy and thermal performance is often considered the foundation for most energy management capabilities. It involves gaining the necessary visibility into current energy and thermal data and the related costs. One would typically undertake this project to provide a consolidated and potentially more granular view of energy usage and if they desire, to collect a baseline that can be used to compare performance against industry metrics or internal past performance
Once the energy and thermal information is collected and stored, organizations will have the data, or ‘raw materials’, to enable future management capabilities, such as: improved power & cooling capacity planning, energy cost allocation, or reporting for compliance or subsidies
You’ll also see here some of the key capabilities that should be considered for this particular initiative. In addition to the core requirement to collect and store energy and thermal metrics, you should also focus on other key capabilities when undertaking this initiative and deploying this type of solution, including:
I thought it would be interesting to show you how you can get started with measuring and benchmarking energy and thermal performance by looking at some of what we offer around this. So here you go::
Maximo Asset Management for Energy Optimization webcast featuring Forrester Research and IBM
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In response to: Energy Efficient Storage from IBMReduced energy consumption is a great "green" benefit to using storage resources more efficiently. And that's good for the environment (and the bottom line)!