Tooling Up to Go Green
June 16, 2008 —
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At some point in 2008, IBM will introduce a new version of the Rear Door Heat eXchanger, which Lechner said will remove as much as 100 percent of heat generated from servers.
Other energy reduction efforts from IBM include thermal sensors for fans and products in the company’s Tivoli IT management line. Sensors inside of servers help fans spin as fast as is necessary to cool off the server. The Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager can allocate costs of energy usage by department or user and track the use of resources.
Down the road, Lechner said IBM will release products to address data growth and application efficiency, along with more advancements to its liquid-cooling methods. Additionally, the company will continue with its recycling efforts to help assuage growing e-waste problems. IBM claimed to have become the first company to recycle 1 billion pounds of IT equipment last fall, and Lechner said the company will carry on recycling 40,000 systems per week and design equipment to be more recyclable.
Project Big Green is not just a way for IBM to promote energy-efficient practices around the technology industry, but also a means to improve its own methods. IBM has set a goal to double its server capacity by 2010 without increasing energy consumption. IBM has more than 10,000 servers around the world, and it identified 3,900 of them for server consolidation. Those will be consolidated onto 33 mainframes running Linux. Lechner estimated this will save more than US$25 million in energy use.
“Once we do that, we can dramatically scale the capacity of those mainframes without significant increase in power consumption, as opposed to the distributed world where your capacity is almost linear in relation to your increase in power consumption,” Lechner said.
A Meeting of Minds
Many major companies today have a green initiative similar to that of Project Big Green. “I think there’s a lot of pressure from customers being concerned with how green a company is and whether or not they want to do business with that company,” said Winston Bumpus, a director for the Green Grid. “It’s an interesting time where we have energy challenges and environmental challenges and there seems to be huge support for being as energy efficient as possible.
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