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Performance Indicator Tool

The TGG Performance Indicator (PI) for cooling - a simple way to enter, display and store data for multiple facilities in accordance with the TGG white paper "The Performance Indicator: Assessing and Visualizing Data Center Cooling Performance".

Metrics & Measurements - August 11, 2016 Comment now
2016 Japan Forum: Deploying Liquid-Cooled IT and Maximizing the Re-Use of Waste Heat

General - July 27, 2016 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection June 2016

Highlights include:

  • Letter from President Roger Tipley
  • New tools available
  • Latest news and updates
  • Recent webcasts
  • Upcoming events, including the 8th annual Japan Forum

- June 30, 2016 Comment now
The Performance Indicator: Assessing and Visualizing Data Center Cooling Performance

What keeps data center owners up at night? Capacity, availability, and sustainability.

A new white paper and tool from The Green Grid introduces the Performance Indicator (PI), a new way to holistically assess and visualize data center cooling performance. By addressing availability, capacity, and sustainability simultaneously, the new PI helps maintain safe and suitable thermal IT operations without losing sight of efficiency.

In this webcast, Mark Seymour introduces The Green Grid’s new PI and provides a visualization and calculation method for continued cooling performance improvement. The PI should help data center owners and operators establish a complete and accurate view of the facility through predictive calculation of the future thermal state, as well as the current state.

General - June 27, 2016 Comment now
White Paper #68 - The Performance Indicator Assessing And Visualizing Data Center Cooling Performance
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

The Performance Indicator introduced in this white paper presents three key cooling performance metrics (including one that utilizes PUE) to build a balanced understanding of data center cooling performance.

The Green Grid developed the cooling performance metrics to ensure that, in the bid to save energy, the assessed facility maintains its ability to house and protect equipment during normal and resilient operation as it evolves throughout its life. This white paper presents definitions for the thermal conformance and thermal resilience of the IT as the cooling performance metrics. Using these metrics allows data center owners/operators to observe the compromises that may exist between maintaining acceptable thermal performance and striving for energy efficiency. It includes methods of calculation along with a detailed case study.

The white paper also discusses the fact that the Performance Indicator is not limited to these three metrics (or indeed to cooling performance alone) in the long term; rather, additional metrics can be accommodated as they are defined.

In order to obtain a complete and accurate assessment of a facility, it is necessary to calculate and display the metrics for the future states of the facility as well as its current state. The Green Grid recommends modeling, simulation, and power and temperature monitoring — all concepts this white paper addresses in detail.

Data centers are complex systems, and the various performance metrics are generally intertwined. The Performance Indicator allows the owner/operator to configure changes without excessive focus on a single metric, such as PUE, which could potentially result in stranded capacity or unintended risk.

General - June 22, 2016 Comment now
Roundtable: Key Challenges Impacting Data Center Energy and Resource Efficiency

The Green Grid EMEA leadership team recently hosted the third in a series a virtual roundtables to discuss its latest research into European data center usage.

Data centers today do not operate in a bubble, siloed away from the rest of the organization. As such, data center operators who fail to recognize the wider business impacts of improving their resource efficiency could face significant challenges when embarking on their plan. The research found that these difficulties range from perceptions of data center operations to managerial concerns, with apprehensions about cost proving to be a common concern.

General - June 06, 2016 Comment now
Unleashing Innovation: The New Open Standard for Data Center Availability

The Green Grid’s upcoming Open Standard for Data Center Availability (OSDA) is a new metric that promises to modernize data center level classification, similar to how PUE modernized data center power usage.

The Green Grid began development of the new metric because today’s modern data centers require a dynamic availability model that will allow the information and communications technology (ICT) industry to continue embracing data center innovation while driving toward new levels of sustainability and energy efficiency.

In this webcast, Lex Coors and Rob Bunger introduced OSDA and explained how it will drive the key availability requirements of existing and future data centers. They also discussed how today’s fast-moving ICT industry has a continuous need for dynamically changing designs and power sources – and the ways OSDA will allow for related data center innovations.

General - June 02, 2016 Comment now
Roundtable: How Effective Are European Data Center Monitoring Procedures?

The Green Grid hosted the second in a series of virtual roundtables to discuss its latest research in Europe into key trends impacting data center energy efficiency, monitoring tools and the pressures placed upon IT leaders to increase energy efficiency.

Key findings discussed in this and forthcoming roundtables include:

  • 88 percent stated that data centers are an important part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy
  • However, nearly half (43 percent) have no energy efficiency objectives in place for the design and operation of their data centers
  • In addition, only 29 percent of organizations are able to entirely quantify the environmental impact of their data centers
  • This is despite increasing pressure from both national and EU policy makers to improve environmental sustainability
  • Nevertheless, 97 percent saw areas in which their data center monitoring, including energy efficiency, could be improved

General - May 03, 2016 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection March 2016

Highlights include:

  • Letter from President Roger Tipley
  • New work groups to address areas of strategic interest to The Green Grid's member companies
  • Latest news
  • Recent webcasts
  • Upcoming events, including The Green Grid Japan Data Center Technical Study Meeting and the Global Technical Committee Summit

- April 01, 2016 Comment now
White Paper #67 - Modern Assessment of the Susceptibility of Data Center Information and Communication Technology Equipment to Power Outages and Disturbances
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Managing a data center involves striking balances. Owners and operators weigh reliability, availability, and other business requirements against capital and operational expenses to find the most efficient ways to design and run their data centers. As with nearly all decision making, the more accurate and tailored the information they have, the smarter the decisions they can make.

The Green Grid Association (TGG) is a consortium that works to improve information and communications technology (ICT) and data center resource efficiencies worldwide. TGG took a closer look at the guidelines currently available for data center owners and operators to use to determine the susceptibility of the power supply units (PSUs) in ICT equipment to disturbances and outages caused by momentary input voltage dropouts. TGG evaluated the most historically accepted susceptibility guidelines—the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) curve—against the changing nature of today’s ITC equipment, including the diminishing power supply ride-through times and their often hidden effects on overall data center efficiency.

This white paper provides TGG’s findings, descriptions of various data center power distribution system configurations, and a discussion of onsite renewable energy generation, microgrids, and existing standards related to the ITIC curve. The Green Grid also lays out recommended next steps for the industry to take to ultimately give data center owners and operators better information that they can use to design for efficiency as well as reliability. 
 

General - March 30, 2016 Comment now
Roundtable: Key Trends in Europe on Data Center Energy Efficiency

The Green Grid hosted the first in a series of virtual roundtables to discuss its latest research in Europe into key trends impacting data center energy efficiency, monitoring tools and the pressures placed upon IT leaders to increase energy efficiency.

Key findings discussed in this and forthcoming roundtables include:

  • 88 percent stated that data centers are an important part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy
  • However, nearly half (43 percent) have no energy efficiency objectives in place for the design and operation of their data centers
  • In addition, only 29 percent of organizations are able to entirely quantify the environmental impact of their data centers
  • This is despite increasing pressure from both national and EU policy makers to improve environmental sustainability
  • Nevertheless, 97 percent saw areas in which their data center monitoring, including energy efficiency, could be improved

General - March 15, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - Regional Topics of Interest
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

The session will provide an opportunity for a representative from each TGG region to briefly discuss any regional TGG projects planned or underway for 2016, and any current topics of interest in the region.

Regions: China, EMEA, Japan, Singapore, U.S.

General - March 09, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - A Modern Assessment of the ITIC/CBEMA Curve
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Managing a data center involves striking balances. Owners and operators weigh reliability, availability, and other business requirements against capital and operational expenses to find the most efficient ways to design and run their data centers. As with nearly all decision making, the more accurate and tailored the information they have, the smarter the decisions they can make.

This session will provide a presentation version of the MAITIC white paper that was recently released to Members of The Green Grid. Bob Landstrom will review TGG’s findings, descriptions of various data center power distribution system configurations, and a discussion of onsite renewable energy generation, microgrids, and existing standards related to the ITIC curve. The session will also lay out recommended next steps for the industry to take to ultimately give data center owners and operators better information that they can use to design for efficiency as well as reliability.

General - March 09, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - End-User Perspectives on the Industry
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

In this session members of The Green Grid’s end-user Advisory Council will discuss their top-ten list of development opportunities.

General - March 09, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - From Yottabytes to Zeptojoules: Can Digital Demand Outstrip Physical Limits?
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

In 1961 the German born physicist, Rolf Landauer, whilst working for IBM wrote a paper on “Irreversibility and Heat Generation in the Computing Process." Landauer’s work encompassed some theories behind the physical limit of processing digital information in terms of the thermodynamics. The link between energy and information actually started earlier in 1948 with the work of Claude Shannon. Bringing the historical perspective together with today's unprecedented growth in the consumption of data by both humans and machines, the question arises - Is there really a limit? By combining growth statistics in data center and telecommunication power consumption, physical laws and a number of other theories this presentation will predict a potential point of convergence of around 2036. Hypothetically - how much electrical energy will be consumed, how much thermal energy will be generated and how much data might be processed, stored and transmitted?

General - March 09, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - Global Data Center Best Practices
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This session will detail data center best practices around the globe.

General - March 09, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - Hyperconverged Systems in the Modern Data Center
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Hyperconverged systems are a modular type ICT system containing compute, storage and network all within one solution. For this session, a panel of experts will discuss how these systems affect the data center's power distribution and cooling systems, and what it means to the economics of the data center, looking at both the efficiency of the units and the overall efficiency of the data center.

General - March 09, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - Managing Servers with Redfish
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

The Redfish specification is a DMTF standard for managing multi-node servers via a RESTful interface. Redfish defines a standard for users to receive telemetry and exert control on servers via a modern toolchain (HTTPS, JSON, OData). This presentation will provide an overview of the Redfish model and interface. TGG has been asked to review the protocol, so this presentation will provide a good overview of what Redfish is, along with its value for server monitoring.

General - March 09, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - Methodology and Approach to Estimating the Power Consumption of a Workload
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

To become more power efficient in a dynamic workload environment indicative of Cloud Computing and Software Defined “X”, we need to better understand how Processes, Services, Virtual Machines or Containers consume power. This can become a complex problem in a dynamic resource pool where there are many compute nodes, cores and virtual instances in a multi-tenant environment. One approach is to use platform based power sensors and combine them with resource monitors to determine the essential power load of a compute task. It will be a futile effort to drive power efficiency and optimize cost in a compute environment without having visibility into how the workloads consume power at the compute node. Until we can better manage the demand for power, we will never be able to eliminate the waste associated with supplying the power. This paper will provide a technical overview of how to understand the power profile of the workloads that make up the demand for power in a data center.

General - March 09, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - Modern Approaches to Data Center Microgrid Development
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Ensuring a continuous supply of clean power for critical electrical loads can be a significant attribute and justification for the implementation of microgrid infrastructure. Additionally, it can enhance power surety, security, and reliability by utilizing multiple on-site generation assets, such as renewables, fuel based generation, and battery storage to deliver reliable energy in a controlled grid.

In this session, industry experts from ABB and Eaton will explore the basics behind traditional approaches to microgrid development for critical applications before presenting concepts to help improve financial value, power reliability, sustainability, and accommodation for future growth.

The presenters will examine the application and implementation strategies of both approaches in order to outline the most important considerations when planning and implementing a microgrid to support critical power requirements. Takeaways will include the knowledge of how to address the unique requirements of any critical facility in developing a power surety plan and the basics of implementing a microgrid solution that provides the highest level of benefit from grid autonomous operation.

General - March 09, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - Power Efficiency of Software
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

One of the important aspects of managing data centers is reducing the power consumption of applications running on servers. Software developers need to be aware of the power cost of their design/coding decisions and evaluate the power performance during unit and/or system testing phases. By means of actual measurements, we show how different design decisions in a file access method can lead to significantly different power consumption in an application. However, measuring the actual power cost of applications during the testing phase is a tedious task. Therefore, we propose a methodology to develop estimation models of the power cost of applications running on servers. The estimation models have been validated by means of actual measurements of power consumed by three Linux servers and a variety of applications. Finally, we show how to automate the whole process of constructing the estimation models and using the models to estimate the power cost of applications. The automated test bench can be easily used by software developers during unit and system testing phases.

General - March 09, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - Renewable Energy/Power: Integrating Hydrogen Fuel Cells into Data Centers
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This presentation will build upon the NREL hydrogen infrastructure presentation. This presentation will focus on what it will take to deploy hydrogen-powered fuel cells in a data center. Detailed results will also be presented on the necessary renewable power infrastructure (solar and wind) that is needed to power 1 MW of critical IT load.

General - March 09, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - Renewable Energy/Power: Using Renewable Energy to Create Hydrogen to Power Fuel Cells for the Data Center
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

With the increased push for carbon-free and sustainable data centers, data center operators are increasingly looking to renewable energy as a means to approach carbon-free status, and be more sustainable. The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) is a world leader in hydrogen research, and already has an elaborate hydrogen infrastructure in place at the Golden (CO) state-of-the-art data center and facility. This presentation will discuss hydrogen generation, storage considerations, and safety issues as they relate to hydrogen delivery to fuel cells powering IT equipment.

General - March 09, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - RenewIT
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This session will include: 

  • Uptake and investment in renewable energy in datacenters; generally based on project research and contributions from 451 Research 
  • Outputs from RenewIT: Renewable energy specific monitoring and simulation tools 
  • Outputs from the EU Smart City Cluster: New renewable energy metrics 
  • In-depth focus on heat-reuse in facilities and the models we have developed in RenewIT
General - March 09, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - Keynote: Sustainable Data Centers
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

In this presentation we discuss NREL's Energy System Integrations Facility and our holistic design approach to sustainable data centers, which led to the world's most energy efficient data center. We describe Peregrine, a warm water liquid cooled supercomputer, waste heat re-use in the data center, demonstrated PUE and ERE, and lessons learned during three years of operation. Finally, we discuss efforts to eliminate water footprint and our approach to a sustainable carbon-free data center of the future.

General - March 09, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - The Industrialized Data Center is Here
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

ABB and Ericsson have come together to enable the digital industrialization of data centers so that businesses can respond to dynamic market forces faster and deliver customer value more economically—all while ensuring reliability, optimal performance and simplified management of data center resources. Learn how our new end-to-end cloud solution will enable you to automate and govern operations across compute, storage, network, power and cooling. Learn how you can most effectively balance cost versus availability, speed and risk. Ask us how to get your data center operations from where you are today to where you need to be, and how to get there as quickly as possible.

Automated, hyperscale, secure: The industrialized data center is here.

General - March 09, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - Arctic Datacenters and Heat Reuse: How the University of Tromso Employs Liquid-Cooled IT and Re-Uses the Waste Heat
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This session will examine how UiT - The Arctic University of Norway is turning the cold climate to its advantage by designing its new data center for heat reuse. Norway already has one of the most environmentally friendly power infrastructures in the world, where 99% of the nation’s electricity comes from hydro power plants. Although a very high CUE is already generated, UiT is planning to make further strides into green computing by designing its new 1 MW supercomputer to use liquid cooling. The new data center will host the supercomputer in the middle of the campus, providing huge opportunities to use the excess heat to warm the surrounding buildings. The goal is to obtain an ERF more than 0.8.

General - March 08, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - Data Center Cooling Efficiency: Understanding the Science of the Four T's
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

While the term "Delta T" may be commonly used in the industry, there is much misunderstanding about where and why temperatures are changing in computer rooms. While two ΔT’s are commonly known, there are actually four different ΔT’s which contribute to the health of the data center. Understanding the sources of these differences and measuring them in your site provides insight about how to further improve the efficiency and capacity of computer room cooling.

General - March 08, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - Data Center Equipment Energy Efficiency Regulation: ENERGY STAR and Beyond
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This session is a panel discussion of the engagement strategies, work products, and results generated by The Green Grid SERT Analysis, Emerald Analysis, and Network Equipment work groups. The discussion will begin with a short presentation detailing the current focus on energy efficiency regulation development for data center equipment in several markets, the need for logical industry positions supported by data and the importance of TGG engagement with industry advocacy and standards organizations to insure a consistent, sound industry position regarding these activities.

A dialogue will follow to discuss specifics on the 3 work groups' data analysis efforts and interactions with ENERGY STAR, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC), the EU Lot 9 consultants, Digital Europe, China CNIS, USITO, and JEITA, the SPEC Power Committee, and the Storage Networking Industry Association. The discussion will detail the value that this work has brought to TGG members and the regulatory development process and the promotion of The Green Grid as the expert industry organization for these activities.
Short abstract

General - March 08, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - Efficient IT Makes Sense But Why Are Enterprises Slow to Fully Adopt It
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

IT equipment and data center infrastructure companies have made great strides in energy and resource efficiency over the last five years. These infrastructure improvements often provide great returns in terms of energy efficiency, utility cost reduction, and operational efficiency. However, customer IT organizations are often slow to adopt these efficiency improvements in their infrastructure. In this session, one of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s primary customer engagement technologists on efficient IT will share his perspectives that result from hundreds of customer engagements. He will explore several barriers that keep enterprises from fully adopting efficient IT, and then suggest practical steps that companies can take to encourage more widespread adoption of the techniques and tools, such as those developed by The Green Grid.

General - March 08, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - IT Capacity and Utilization Metric Development
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

The Green Grid's AR# 15-002 ICT Capacity and Utilization Metrics activity is developing a metric to quantify the IT capabilities delivered to the business (capacity) and the efficiency with which it is provisioned (utilization). It is intended to encompass computing, storage, and network services delivered by a data center operation and to serve as a basis from which to calculate the efficiency with which energy and other resources are being applied to deliver IT services.

In this session, members of the Capacity and Utilization Working Group will present the current state of their work for real-time review and feedback by a panel of IT practitioners. The material covered will include use cases for the metric and its intended audience; simplifying assumptions; metrics for efficiency of each of the three major service categories (computing, storage, networking); and proposals for aggregating them into a single metric.

The feedback from the panel, and from audience questions, will shape the final phase of this work, targeted for delivery in Q2 of 2016.

General - March 08, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - New EMEA Research: Nearly 50% of Organizations Have No Energy Efficiency Objectives in Place
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

New research, commissioned by The Green Grid EMEA, has found that while the majority of organizations are facing growing pressures to improve the efficiency of their data centers, 43% of organizations have no energy efficiency objectives in place. Furthermore, 97% felt that they could improve their monitoring capabilities. This disconnect between goals and an understanding of the measures needed to make effective change, puts the ability of organizations to manage their resources at risk. This presentation will highlight the key findings and outline a number of conclusions.

General - March 08, 2016 Comment now
2016 Forum - Christian Belady: Preparing for the Future - It's All About the People
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

During this presentation, Christian Belady will review some of the challenges cloud providers are experiencing, focusing primarily around organizational and people development in solving these large and complex problems.

General - March 08, 2016 Comment now
China Free Cooling Tool
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This online tool has been developed to help data center and facilities managers easily determine how much free air cooling and free evaporative cooling is available for individual data centers in China. Using region and city name, the tool allows users in China to input their specific variables - such as local energy costs, IT load, and facility load - to determine the energy savings for individual facilities.

Metrics & Measurements - January 07, 2016 Comment now
2015 Japan Annual MM: Loudoun County Recycled Water and Data Centers
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

John E. Bischoff D.Sc., Professorial Lecturer  in Engineering, George Washington University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences presented at the Green Grid Japan Members Meeting 2015.

- December 17, 2015 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection December 2015

Highlights include:

  • Letter from President Roger Tipley
  • Overview of recent and upcoming awards
  • Latest news
  • Recent webcasts
  • Upcoming events, including Forum 2016

- December 17, 2015 Comment now
White Paper #66 - Analysis of the Server Efficiency Rating Tool
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

The Green Grid Association—a consortium that works to improve IT and data center resource efficiency worldwide—analyzed the Server Efficiency Rating Tool (SERT™) metric data generated by server manufacturers for internal purposes or for their server products to meet the certification requirements of the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR® specification for Computer Servers.  The Green Grid’s goals were to evaluate the efficacy of the SERT test suite as a tool to assess the energy efficiency of server products and to consider its application and use in developing and setting performance/power efficiency thresholds for server products.

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC®) released Version 1 of the SERT software concurrently with the publication of the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Computer Servers Program. Due to this timing, manufacturers had a minimal understanding of how server configuration and component choices would affect the SERT results. The Information Technology Industry Council collected and blinded SERT results from more than 95 machine types/models and 495 configurations. The Green Grid SERT Analysis Working Group analyzed this data to understand the impacts of configuration type and component selection on the SERT efficiency scores. This white paper details the working group’s findings and provides server manufacturers, regulators, and stakeholders information on the strengths and limitations of the SERT tool for assessing the energy efficiency of server products. It also provides recommendations regarding the use of the SERT in mandatory and voluntary server energy efficiency schemas.

General - November 10, 2015 Comment now
Should You Sign? Examining the American Business Act on Climate Pledge

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) is scheduled to kick off November 2015 in Paris. In advance of these critical climate-control negotiations, the White House recently issued the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. By signing this pledge, U.S.-based companies call for a strong Paris outcome and commit to real and ongoing action on climate change.

What does the American Business Act on Climate Pledge mean for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry?

In this webcast, Robert Diamond of the White House Office of Public Engagement partners with The Green Grid’s John Pflueger, John Tuccillo and Trisha Knych to provide an in-depth look at COP21 and the White House American Business Act on Climate Pledge. These presenters provide an overview of the Pledge from an ICT perspective and what organizations should consider when signing it.

General - November 10, 2015 Comment now
EN 50600: Building the Data Centers of the Future

EN 50600 is in rapid development and on track to become the new European Standard for data center facilities and infrastructures.

How will this impact global suppliers and companies that design, build and manage data centers throughout Europe and across the world?

In this webcast, Lance Rϋtimann took an in-depth look at EN 50600 and its likely effect on organizations operating anywhere in Europe. In particular, he looked at how EN 50600 will impact the individual areas of a data center, including:

  • Building Construction
  • Power distribution
  • Environmental controls
  • Security systems
  • General - October 13, 2015 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection September 2015

    Highlights include:

    • Letter from Board Member Lance Rutimann
    • Overview of upcoming awards
    • Recent news
    • Upcoming events, including a webcast on EN50600 and Forum 2016

    - September 17, 2015 Comment now
    Success Story: EMC

    The Green Grid: Helping EMC's Chief Sustainability Officer Partner with IT Teams

    General - September 16, 2015 Comment now
    PUE Infographic

    PUE Infographic 2015

    Metrics & Measurements - September 01, 2015 Comment now
    White Paper #65 - Data Center Airflow Management Calculators
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    In recent years the nation and the world, alongside the utility sector; have shown concern over the large energy consumption of data centers. In the U.S., data center electricity use is estimated at approximately 2% of the total national consumption . Data centers, and other high density IT environments of all types, remain a growing energy end user , as well as one of the most energy intensive facility types in utility portfolios.

    For a data center facility, implementation of effective (Airflow Management) AFM practices serves as the key to unlock potential fan energy reductions, higher efficiency of mechanical cooling equipment, and additional hours of economizer “free” cooling. Simple steps toward improved airflow management, such as containment aisles and blanking panels used to separate cold air from hot air, not only provide effective temperature control, but can improve cooling system performance; increase data center energy efficiency, and reclaim stranded capacity in existing data centers.

    Organizations such as The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the US Department of Energy (US DOE), among others, have documented the importance and benefits of AFM best practices. Despite these efforts, and the increasing availability of utility incentive programs willing to support AFM improvements, a widely accepted method for quantifying energy savings that can be realized from AFM measures has yet to be developed.

    Many electric utilities have strong interest in providing efficiency incentive opportunities for data centers as part of their energy efficiency program mandates. For utility programs offering incentives, customized engineering calculations are typically needed in order to make reliable estimates of energy savings attributed to AFM measures. However, in small to mid-sized data centers (Designed for up to 750 kW of critical load), hiring the expertise to assess, recommend and compute return on investment (ROI) of the energy savings actions to receive utility incentives is often not cost-effective. As a result, many of these energy efficiency opportunities are never pursued.

    The Green Grid is helping data centers achieve better energy efficiency performance through programs including development of the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) measurement and the Green Grid’s Data Center Maturity Model™ (DCMM). However, to further advance energy efficiency, empower a progression towards greater data center maturity, and claim available utility incentives , an energy efficiency calculator widely accepted by both the global data center and utility industry is needed.

    Substantial variations exist in tools commonly available for evaluation of AFM potential. This paper will review the major publicly available software tools and calculators that exist today and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each with respect to their applicability in estimating energy savings for utility incentives. Additionally, this paper will define the requirements for a calculator that will meet the needs of utilities and the data center industry. Development of calculators meeting these requirements will enable additional support by utilities and help drive adoption of AFM best practices.

    General - July 22, 2015 Comment now
    Enhanced Resource Efficiency: The Green Grid Updates the Data Center Maturity Model - A Webcast From The Green Grid

    In this webcast, Christophe Garnier takes an in-depth look at the DCMM and its forthcoming updates. He provides:

    • A brief introduction to the DCMM and The Green Grid's goals for it
    • A sneak preview of the soon-to-be-released DCMM maintenance updates
    • Plans for ongoing updates and development, including an upcoming survey

    Watch now to learn how you can identify the necessary steps to achieve greater energy efficiency and sustainability with the DCMM.

    General - July 02, 2015 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection June 2015
    The Green Grid Connection - June 2015

    Highlights include: a Work Group update on the Data Center Maturity Model, announcement of the 2015 Key Contributor Award winner, and recent news.

    - June 18, 2015 Comment now
    Data Center Maturity Model

    The Green Grid has developed the Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM) and supporting white paper to outline capability descriptors by area such that users can benchmark their current performance, determine their levels of maturity, and identify the ongoing steps and innovations necessary to achieve greater energy efficiency and sustainability, both today and into the future.  The maturity model touches upon every aspect of the data center including power, cooling, compute, storage and network. The levels of the model outline current best practices and a 5-year roadmap for the industry.

    General - June 18, 2015 Comment now
    White Paper #64 - Data Center Segmentation: Workload Archetypes
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Energy efficiency can be described as the amount of “useful work” accomplished in relation to the energy consumed to perform said work. Defining data center efficiency therefore requires an acceptable standard definition of “useful work.”

    While each data center varies by the type, value, and criticality of the business services it provides, there are similarities in the types of business services that most data centers provide, and these can be categorized as “useful work.” Categorizing data centers by their useful work and/or applications being used should aid in describing and defining the measures by which energy efficiency for the supported business can be assessed.

    The Green Grid has created a set of archetypes that describe “typical” workload or application groupings of useful work. These archetypes enable the development of standard comparison metrics that properly represent the variety of data center productivity targets. They also make it possible to make baseline comparisons of the energy efficiency of one data center’s unique business services with another’s.

    General - May 20, 2015 Comment now
    Liquid-Cooled IT for the Masses: Achieving a Data Center PUE of 1.1 - A Webcast From The Green Grid

    In this webcast, Dr. Tahir Cader helps to demystify liquid cooling and discusses:

    • Data center energy efficiency trends
    • An overview of liquid-cooling technologies
    • The role that liquid-cooled IT plays in driving improved energy efficiency toward a PUE of 1.1
    • The challenges of implementing liquid cooling in the IT and data centers

    In addition, The Green Grid’s Liquid Cooling Work Group and its upcoming projects are introduced.

    Watch now to why the impact of liquid cooling on data center energy efficiency is truly compelling.

    General - April 01, 2015 Comment now
    ENERGY STAR® for Large Networking Equipment Draft 2 Test Method Feedback and Recommendations (March 16 2015)
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The Green Grid Association, a consortium of industry-leading companies, welcomes the opportunity to comment on topics under consideration for the ENERGY STAR for Large Network Equipment specification.

    General - March 31, 2015 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection March 2015

    Highlights include: the expanding Board of Directors, new Membership Committee, and updates from the Global Technical Committee Summit and Liquid Cooling Work Group 

    - March 19, 2015 Comment now
    White Paper #63 - Free Power Quality
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The concept of “Free Power Quality” is somewhat analogous to “free cooling.” The Green Grid’s explanation and endorsement of free cooling helped accelerate data center industry adoption of more efficient cooling techniques in data centers. Members of The Green Grid (and the broader data center audience) might view the topic of Free Power Quality as offering similar opportunities to enhance their facilities’ energy efficiency.

    End users are increasingly demanding that power quality vendors innovate. They want vendors to push the conventional boundaries of data center equipment and its implementation. They want to stop over-provisioning data centers with less efficient equipment.

    Today’s data centers often have extremely high power quality from their uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, but that quality comes at a high price in terms of efficiency and equipment cost. Therefore, one idea is to reduce the high power quality created by the UPS and instead implement a solution that removes equipment and utilizes what is available at the entrance to the data center. Having good power quality at the data center entrance does not necessarily mean the UPS can be eliminated throughout the data center. However, it does allow for the traditional data center power configuration to be altered in new or unique ways that result in reduced total costs of ownership and/or efficiency gains while still meeting operational needs. Users’ acceptance of alternatives to traditional power quality protection will depend upon their perception of whether the solution provides the desired level of performance for considerations such as power reliability and continuous operation, power quality, and power arbitrage.

    The free cooling analogy is simply a starting point. This white paper summarizes a literature search of what is known about the quality of electric power provided by utilities. Following a description and articulation of what is meant by Free Power Quality, it investigates the feasibility of using available power to minimize the number of power conversion stages in the data center power infrastructure to achieve maximum efficiency while still maintaining required reliability. It then identifies opportunities and challenges surrounding Free Power Quality.

    General - March 13, 2015 Comment now
    Success Story: Bank of New York Mellon

    BNY Mellon and The Green Grid: Using the PUE Metric to Save $21M in Data Center Energy Costs.

    General - March 02, 2015 Comment now
    UPS Battering Monitoring & Maintenance

    The purpose of this document is to provide information on how to implement battery monitoring, testing, and maintenance schedules that can help predict premature UPS Battery failure, extend ex-pected service life, and maintain UPS Battery performance

    Member Content - February 10, 2015 Comment now
    Securing ROI: Leveraging Your TGG Membership - A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    During the webcast veteran board member John Pflueger showcased the transformative impact The Green Grid has on the information and communications technology industry and explained how you can leverage  The Green Grid's leading-edge initiatives to make the most of your membership with The Green Grid.

     

    General - January 21, 2015 Comment now
    White Paper #56 - Data Center Maturity Model Handbook

    With input from related parties around the world, The Green Grid developed the Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM),  which provides clear goals and direction for improving energy efficiency and sustainability across all aspects of the data center. The DCMM touches upon a data center’s major components, including power, cooling, servers, storage, and networking. The model is divided into levels that outline current best practices and provide a five-year road map for the industry.

    The DCMM provides capability descriptions by data center area so that data center operators can benchmark their current performance. In this manner, operators can determine their data centers’ levels of maturity and identify the ongoing steps and innovations necessary to include in their data center/IT strategy in order to achieve greater energy efficiency and sustainability improvements, both today and into the future.

    This model can be used to assess a wide range of data center areas, from facilities to IT. Thus, the objective of this white paper is to explain the DCMM’s assessment items and support the assessment process with appropriate standards. It will be helpful to also download and review The Green Grid’s White Paper #36 Data Center Maturity Model and the Data Center Maturity Model Assessment Tool from The Green Grid’s website.

    General - December 23, 2014 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection December 2014
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: The newly elected President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, John Tuccillo Receives Hugh Barrass Award, Forum Highlights, and 2015 Work Group Chairs Elected.

    - December 18, 2014 Comment now
    White Paper #62 - Data Center Environmental Impacts
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Conducting life cycle assessments (LCAs) to determine a product’s environmental impacts has become relatively mainstream. Applying that same methodology to a data center and its systems is far more challenging, due to the variety of data center types and their numbers of suppliers, the lack of applicable component and system data, and the sheer complexity of a data center.

    To begin to address the difficulties surrounding data center LCAs, The Green Grid, an international, nonprofit consortium working to enhance data center resource efficiency, set out to identify the main environmental impact categories for the typical data center. Drawing on a combination of results from previous studies and the expertise of its members who are experienced in this area, The Green Grid compiled a range of data center environmental impacts, organized them into five main categories, and defined objectives, measurements, and key performance indicators for some of them. The ranked levels provided follow the same 0-to-5 progression as is used in the widely adopted Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM). Using this information, data center owners and operators can better determine their most critical environmental impacts, evaluate those impacts, and take steps to mitigate them.

    In response to the strong interest expressed by recent participants in The Green Grid Forums, a proposal will be put forth to translate the results of this white paper into a new “Environmental” or “Life Cycle” section in the DCMM.

    General - December 11, 2014 Comment now
    China Free Air Cooling High Res Map - ASHRAE Class A2
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This high resolution map shows free air cooling in China.

    Technology & Strategy - December 09, 2014 Comment now
    China Free Air Cooling High Res Map - ASHRAE Class A3
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This high resolution map shows free air cooling in China.

    Technology & Strategy - December 09, 2014 Comment now
    China Free Air Cooling High Res Map - Recommended
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This high resolution map shows free air cooling in China.

    Technology & Strategy - December 09, 2014 Comment now
    China Free Air Cooling Low Res Map - ASHRAE Class A2
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This low resolution map shows free air cooling in China.

    Technology & Strategy - December 09, 2014 Comment now
    China Free Air Cooling Low Res Map - ASHRAE Class A3
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This low resolution map shows free air cooling in China.

    Technology & Strategy - December 09, 2014 Comment now
    China Free Air Cooling Low Res Map - Recommended
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This low resolution map shows free air cooling in China.

    Technology & Strategy - December 09, 2014 Comment now
    White Paper #61 - Space Usage Effectiveness
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The Green Grid has developed a new metric to complement the series of metrics it has introduced in the past few years, which includes the widely accepted and adopted power usage effectiveness (PUE™). The Green Grid proposes this new metric to address one of the most important challenges that data center owners face: space usage in data centers. The new space usage effectiveness (SpUE™) metric joins The Green Grid’s family of xUE metrics, which includes carbon usage effectiveness (CUE™) and water usage effectiveness (WUE™) metrics as well as PUE. Data center managers can use these metrics to quickly assess the optimization of space, carbon, water, and energy usage aspects of their data centers, compare the results, and determine if any resource efficiency and/or sustainability improvements can be made. Along with PUE’s broad implementation in the industry, CUE and WUE are gaining wider acceptance and adoption, and the SpUE metric is a natural extension of the xUE family. SpUE gives managers another tool to guide improvements in the effective use of resources.

    Metrics & Measurements - December 05, 2014 Comment now
    EMEA Work Groups: Activities Update - 2014 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    In this session, Roel Castelein, André Rouyer, and Ian Bitterlin will discuss current and recently completed activities of the EMEA Work Groups as well as future activities. In addition, André Rouyer will provide a brief overview of Government Engagement activities.

    General - October 29, 2014 Comment now
    Environmental Life Cycle Criteria / IT Recycling Metric - 2014 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will offer an in depth review of The Green Grid’s current work on two projects: Environmental Life Cycle Criteria and the IT Recycling Metric (ITRM).

    General - October 29, 2014 Comment now
    Future Direction: Getting Involved - 2014 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    In this session, Roel Castelein, André Rouyer, and Ian Bitterlin will discuss current and recently completed activities of the EMEA Work Groups as well as future activities. In addition, André Rouyer will provide a brief overview of Government Engagement activities.

    General - October 29, 2014 Comment now
    Inventing The Future - 2014 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This interactive session will detail three new approved activities for The Green Grid in EMEA: “Data Centres and Smart Cities,” “Availability Vs SLA's for Power and Cooling,” and “Growth of Data Traffic and its Impact upon National Carbon Reduction Targets.”

    General - October 29, 2014 Comment now
    The Green Grid Overview - 2014 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will offer an overview of The Green Grid, review the accomplishments of the last year, and addresses the expanded mission to drive effective and accountable resource efficiency across the entire information and communications technology (ICT) ecosystem. Representatives from The Green Grid will cover past activities, look to the future, and answer questions from attendees.

    General - October 29, 2014 Comment now
    Update on Emerging Standards: ISO / IEC JTC 1 / SC 39 / EN 50600 - 2014 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    As international standards organizations begin to tackle data centre resource intensity the SC 39 sub-committee looks to address resource efficiencies in the ICT. A liaison between The Green Grid and SC 39 will enable a formal standardization of multiple metrics for the ICT industry. This session will inform attendees about the current work within SC 39, as well as its future plans as they relate to The Green Grid's past and present efforts.

    General - October 29, 2014 Comment now
    Data Centre Operators and Government Regulation - 2014 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will provide insights into common themes and interests resulting from The Green Grid's Government Engagement Committee survey of Data Centre owners and operators. What are their concerns about regulation and reporting? Do they see any benefits? What is on their wish list?  This session will present and discuss the results.

    General - October 28, 2014 Comment now
    European Commission Data Centre Projects - 2014 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The European Commission (DG Connect) has recently launched 6 new co-funded projects that will address system level technologies and associated services with the objective to improve energy and environmental performance within data centres.

    These projects will address Software and Hardware system level technologies and associated services that monitor energy consumption and automatically optimize power, cooling, computing, storage, and data transmission operations in coordination with energy consumption, environmental impact, and cost policies. They will investigate network integration of renewable energy sources for powering data-centres situated in urban agglomerations, and data centres under smart grid/smart city schemes. Finally, they will need to consider contributions to standards and industry bodies that develop methods and standards on the measurement of the energy and environmental footprint of data centres.

    A common cluster between these 6 projects has been set up to create harmonized metrics applying to the above objectives.

    The Cluster on Metrics and RenewIT, Geyser, and DOLFIN projects will be presented with more details during this session.

    General - October 28, 2014 Comment now
    The Green Grid Global Projects - 2014 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The decision to take on a new project only happens with the consensus and commitment of The Green Grid's members. During this session, attendees will have an opportunity to learn how TGG plans to integrate a Global scope with Regional focus. Come review a few of the TGG projects taking place around the globe, and help develop new ideas for driving resource efficient ICT in EMEA.

    General - October 28, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Achieving Alternative Power Quality Solutions in the Modern Data Center
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Join The Green Grid's Power Work Group for an overview of Free Power Quality, including how the four pillars of a data center depend on prior implementing: Utility Grid Reliability, Data Center Power Infrastructure, Information Technology Resiliency and the Business Model. Continued with a group discussion on how FPQ is applied and available today, and what needs to be done for further implementation.

    General - October 08, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - An Integrated Approach to Operational Efficiency and Reliability
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The longest, costliest, and most critical period of a data center’s life cycle is the sustained operations phase. It is crucial for data center operators to have a thorough understanding of the systems they have been tasked to manage and sustain in all manner of conditions, including during unscheduled events. From day one, the operations team must be prepared to efficiently run the facility. Yet, in most cases, the very first day of operations immediately follows or even overlaps with the construction and final commissioning of the facility, leaving no idle time to learn and document the myriad of functions for managing the equipment, the systems, and the facility.

    Meeting this immense challenge requires an integrated approach to operations. Attaining operational excellence requires well-documented and integrated systems that provide both operational clarity and unhindered performance. Furthermore, beyond the physical infrastructure, today’s hyper efficient data centers are instrumented with DCIM so that operators have the visibility, decision support, and automation to effectively manage a flexible network of power, cooling and IT. This integrated approach to infrastructure management, addressing both hardware and software, enables higher efficiencies today while laying the foundation to evolve and achieve even greater operational benefits in the not-so-distant future.

    General - October 08, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Critical Infrastructure Protection: Keeping the Data Center Operational
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    As our critical infrastructure systems become more intelligent, and control systems drive toward better coordination, performance, and energy efficiency, we become more reliant on the security and reliability of these systems to ensure our data centers and facilities remain operational and reliable.

    This interactive session will feature a panel of experts discussing the current state of infrastructure security, including:

     Business context and risks associated with the protection of critical infrastructure systems
     Infrastructure management platform (DCFIM/DCIM, BMS, SCADA, and others) risks and opportunities
     Challenges on securing and maintaining the reliability of critical infrastructure
     Review of recent outages and incidents
     Areas to focus reliability and protection efforts, including electromagnetic and human factors

    General - October 08, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Digital Disciplines
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Are data centers mere wastes of electricity or is there business or societal value to the applications running in them? Joe Weinman, the author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing and the forthcoming book Digital Disciplines, shares his insights into the range of value for IT, ranging from the mundane to the strategic. Moreover, he lays out four generic strategies or "digital disciplines"--spanning information excellence, solution leadership, collective intimacy, and accelerated innovation--and the specific critical success factors to implement these strategies that virtually any business can use to compete more effectively. Along the way, he will show why much of the conventional wisdom regarding data centers, the cloud, data center jobs, IT strategy, and the business value of IT are, well, just plain wrong.

    General - October 08, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - European Commission Projects on Data Centers: The Key Systems for Sustainability in Smart Grids and Smart Cities
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The European Commission (DG Connect) has recently launched 6 new co-funded projects that will address system level technologies and associated services with the objective to improve energy and environmental performance within data centers.

    These projects will address Software and Hardware system level technologies and associated services that monitor energy consumption and automatically optimize power, cooling, computing, storage, and data transmission operations in coordination with energy consumption, environmental impact, and cost policies. They will investigate network integration of renewable energy sources for powering data-centers situated in urban agglomerations, and data centers under smart grid/smart city schemes. Finally, they will need to consider contributions to standards and industry bodies that develop methods and standards on the measurement of the energy and environmental footprint of data centers. A common cluster between these 6 projects has been set up to create harmonized metrics applying to the above objectives.

    “RenewIT” is one of these 6 projects and will be presented with more details during this session.

    General - October 08, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - From Theory to Realization: Smart Sustainable Cities
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Smart Cities and Eco-Cities initiatives around the world promote sustainable communities that meet present social and economical needs without compromising future generations. ICT enables many of the solutions needed by businesses and individuals to increase virtuous synergies and minimize both energy use and impact on natural resources.

    This session is a panel discussion led by Jim Anderson, Schneider Electric's VP of Strategy for Smart Cities, who will outline the vision of current Smart Cities projects. Panelists will represent ICT companies to discuss technologies and types of solutions that help to make the Smart Cities vision a reality.

    General - October 08, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Inventing the Future
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The decision to take on a new project only happens with the consensus and commitment of The Green Grid's members. At this session, you will have an opportunity to shape - and even propose - new ideas for driving Resource-efficient IT. Come learn about The Green Grid China's proposal for PUE Certification in China. Influence the direction of a new approach to measuring data center performance that incorporates availability, capacity and energy efficiency, rr take the mike and inspire your peers to join you in a new mission. If you want to know what to expect, think about American Computer Scientist Alan Kay's advice, "The best way to predict the future is to invent it." Please, come help invent our future.

    General - October 08, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Japan Regional Achievements and Good Practices
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will address The Green Grid Japan's latest active projects, including the DCMM Guidebook, DCMM application to Japanese Data Center case of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), and a new recognition program focusing on "Kaizen" work as TGG Good Practice. This session will also introduce the TIS Good Practice Case Study. TIS was awarded the TGG Good Practice Award for their Data Center Efficiency Improvement Initiative project in 2014.

    General - October 08, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Keeping up with Modern IT Systems: Maximizing Efficiency with Today’s Cooling Systems
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    With advancements in compute processing capabilities and the increased density within IT cabinets, the traditional cooling systems are under constant pressure, failing to meet necessary air intake operating parameters of today's modern IT systems. This presentation is designed to discuss and identify the primary areas of concern, and detail the necessary controls and measures required to remove unnecessary inefficiencies, whilst maximizing the full potential of the present cooling system and air flow management. For corrective actions or enhancements to be effectively implemented an understanding of both current capability and weaknesses within cooling infrastructure, and the merits of new technologies and working practices is vital.

    General - October 08, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Powering Data Centers with Renewable Energy
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Many members of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry are taking a strong leadership role in sustainability. To complement efficiency efforts, data centers are now incorporating previously unprecedented amounts of renewable energy, through a wide variety of methods, depending on the company energy profile, corporate strategy, geography and resources of available sites, public policy, and other factors. This session will cover success stories, challenges still facing the industry, and a synthesis of renewable energies overall past and future impacts as a key part of corporate strategy. The discussion will be a useful resource for companies seeking to engage in sourcing renewable energy or leveraging their investments to make a larger impact.

    General - October 08, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - The Next-Gen Data Center and the Smarter Grid: Standards, Interfaces, Challenges and Opportunities
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The energy supply industry is rapidly changing, moving from a centralized "dumb" energy distribution grid, to a highly diversified, distributed, and intelligent energy delivery architecture. New, diverse generation sources, coupled with a rapid uptake in cogeneration and onsite primary generation capacity, and a strong shift toward interoperability and interaction between the grid, supply sources, and demand sources (such as buildings and data centers). Future data centers may demand in excess of 20 Megawatts of power with some degree of onsite power generation, producing significant variance in their consumption, and creating major challenges for capacity management and reliability.

    During this session, a panel of experts from across the industry will discuss:

     Smart grid and data center connection standards and interfaces
     Challenges and issues, including those at the facility and the utility generation and local cogeneration level
     Considerations around ease of use and implementation
     Impacts and opportunities to large scale consumers (multi-MW facilities)
     Opportunities around utility energy incentive programs
     Just in time demand and supply generation
     Responding to reliability signals

    General - October 08, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Unlocking the Business Potential of PUE
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The value of a continuous PUE program can be easy to quantify: companies use the industry-leading metric for basic improvements and progressive enhancements that often lead to direct bottom-line results in the form of kWH avoidance and millions of dollars in energy savings. Beyond PUE’s role as a powerful tool for measuring and enhancing data center energy efficiency, companies are also using PUE as a tool to make better business decisions and to drive results. Some organizations use PUE to make smarter business decisions related to deploying IT resources, manage TCO, or use capital more effectively. Others use PUE to understand the infrastructure of data centers for monitoring purposes and to assess ongoing and future energy efficiency performance. This panel provides examples and data demonstrating the various ways private companies are using PUE to maximize business opportunities.

    General - October 08, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Welcome
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The President and Chairman of the Board, John Tuccillo, will kick off the second day of Forum by highlighting the key takeaways from the first day of the event and examine what the final day has in store for attendees.

    General - October 08, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Unlocking the Business Potential of PUE
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The value of a continuous PUE program can be easy to quantify: companies use the industry-leading metric for basic improvements and progressive enhancements that often lead to direct bottom-line results in the form of kWH avoidance and millions of dollars in energy savings. Beyond PUE’s role as a powerful tool for measuring and enhancing data center energy efficiency, companies are also using PUE as a tool to make better business decisions and to drive results. Some organizations use PUE to make smarter business decisions related to deploying IT resources, manage TCO, or use capital more effectively. Others use PUE to understand the infrastructure of data centers for monitoring purposes and to assess ongoing and future energy efficiency performance. This panel provides examples and data demonstrating the various ways private companies are using PUE to maximize business opportunities.

    General - October 08, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Closing & TGG Award Ceremony
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    During this ceremony, The Green Grid will introduce and present the recipient of the First Annual Hugh Barrass Award. This award honors Hugh Barrass, who passed away in June 2014, and his dedication to improving ICT efficiency as a way to better society. This annual award will be bestowed on a member of The Green Grid, or a member of the broader ICT community, who best represents the contributions of Hugh Barrass to the ICT industry and the spirit of The Green Grid.

    The Green Grid will also recognize the most recent recipients of The Green Grid Key Contributor Award including:

     2013 Q1: Paul Peoples, Target Corporation
     2013 Q2: David Wang, Teradata Corporation
     2013 Q3: Christophe Garnier, Schneider Electric
     2013 Q4: Jay Dietrich, IBM
     2014 Q1: Corban Lester, Lockheed Martin Corporation

    General - October 07, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Data Center Operators Speak Out: Impacts of Government Regulation
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will provide insights into common themes and interests resulting from The Green Grid's survey of Data Center owners and operators. What are their concerns about regulation and reporting? Do they see any benefits? What is on their wish list? A panel of owner/operators and Government Engagement Committee members will present and discuss the results.

    General - October 07, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Driving Energy Efficiency Through Public-Private Partnerships
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Partnerships between the Federal Government and private firms are paramount to the success of energy efficiency in the ICT industry. Two programs which are important in driving that success, and how The Green Grid collaborates with both, will be discussed in this session:

    The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) works with key individuals to accomplish energy change within organizations by bringing expertise from all levels of project and policy implementation to enable Federal Agencies to meet their energy related goals and to provide energy leadership to the country.

    The ENERGY STAR program is a highly successful, voluntary US federal government energy efficiency initiative that relies on input from external stakeholders, including many from the private sector.Short abstract

    General - October 07, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Environmental Life Cycle Criteria in the Data Center Maturity Model
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will offer an in depth review of The Green Grid’s current work on Environmental Life Cycle Criteria and the Data Centre Maturity Model (DCMM). This project is working to create a list of environmental criteria, compliant with DCMM formats, establishing a basis for the creation of an Environmental Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) section in the next revision of the DCMM. The project will survey all life cycle stages and environmental impacts in an effort to reduce them to the most significant features. Drawing upon existing documents from The Green Grid and other recognized organizations, the project will seek to specify metrics, standards, best practices, and methodologies.

    General - October 07, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - eWaste for Fun and Profit
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Sustainability concerns are becoming increasingly paramount to companies, data center owners and operators, handling decommissioned electronics that have reached the end of their life cycle, often referred to as eWaste, properly. The IT Recycling Metric Task Force has been building an extended ‘FAQ’ for organizations that are now required to deploy initiatives and programs for managing these materials. This session will introduce and review the new “IT Asset Disposition 101 for Commercial End-Users” white paper, as well as provide initial guidance on the deployment of a take back/recycling program. This session will also include subject matter experts who will be available to answer questions about program(s) details.

    General - October 07, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - 2014 Forum Policy Impacting Data Center Energy Efficiency: The North America Energy Policy Report
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will detail and discuss The Green Grid's upcoming North America Energy Policy report. Increase your awareness of key aspects of energy policies in the U. S., Canada and Mexico that could affect data center owners and operators. Highlights of findings and key differences or similarities will also be discussed.

    General - October 07, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - TGG China Team Projects: Introduction of Green Grade Assessing Approach on IDC Space Usage Effectiveness (SpUE): A Data Center Sustainability Metric
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Introduction of Green Grade Assessing Approach on IDC

    The China Cloud Computing Promotion and Policy Forum, an affiliation of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China created the Green Grade Assessment for the Chinese data center industry. This assessment approach covers three dimensions: energy efficiency (i.e. PUE), technology of energy saving and Green management. Furthermore, additional credit will be given for initiative exploration or green building etc. A data center is graded on a scale of A to AAAAA with AAAAA being the best and most efficient. This Assessment uses PUE as the grading basis. More importantly, it collects details of how a particular PUE number is achieved. Over 17 data centers have been graded using this Assessment over the past two years, and more are expected to be graded this year.

    Space Usage Effectiveness (SpUE): A Data Center Sustainability Metric

    The Green Grid has developed a new metric to complement the series of metrics it has introduced in the past few years, which includes the widely adopted and accepted Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). The Green Grid proposes this new metric to address one of the most important challenges that data center owners face, space usage in data centers. The new Space Usage Effectiveness (SpUE) metric enables data center operators to quickly assess the space, energy, water, and carbon sustainability aspects of their data centers, compare the results, and determine if any resource efficiency and/or sustainability improvements can be made.

    General - October 07, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - The Impact of IOT on the Data Center
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Over the next several years, the Internet of Things will drive innovations across all segments of society - from imbedded sensors and wearable technologies; increasingly smart, data-enabled, and powerful edge and handheld compute devices; to a host of new and now unknown possibilities. When the currently disconnected becomes connected, we can expect new magnitudes of data storage, data transmission, and compute demands within and outside of data centers.

    In this session, we explore the implications of all things connected in the data center of the future - whether fixed, cloud, or distributed. Join the conversation with our panel of experts, and consider what we collectively and individually should evaluate as constraints and opportunities moving forward.

    General - October 07, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Update on Emerging Standards: ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 39
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    As international standards organizations begin to tackle data center resource intensity the SC 39 sub-committee looks to address resource efficiencies in the ICT. A liaison between The Green Grid and SC 39 will enable a formal standardization of multiple metrics for the ICT industry. This session will inform attendees about the current work within SC 39, as well as its future plans as they relate to The Green Grid's past and present efforts.

    General - October 07, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Welcome
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The conversation on resource efficient ICT starts here. During this session, The Green Grid President and Chairman of the Board, John Tuccillo, will give a brief introduction of The Green Grid and it's role in shaping the efficient utilization of resources in the ICT. John will also review the agenda for The Green Grid's 7th annual Forum, highlighting key sessions and networking opportunities.

    General - October 07, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Where's my ROI? Calculating Energy Savings from Airflow Management
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Improvement of airflow management in data centers can enable significant energy savings, increase IT equipment reliability, and increase cooling capacity. While awareness of airflow management benefits are high, a lack of a reliable, cost-effective, methodology to calculate airflow management energy savings and return on investment (ROI) hinders adoption, especially in mid-sized to smaller data centers. For utilities to provide funding for these improvements, sound energy savings must be demonstrated.

    This session will examine existing tools for calculating energy savings & ROI, explore gaps in the existing tools, and demonstrate an example of "utility ready" ROI calculations that can be applied to airflow management efforts in data centers of all sizes.

    General - October 07, 2014 Comment now
    2014 Forum - Presentation Name
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Short abstract

    General - October 07, 2014 Comment now
    White Paper #60 - IT Asset Disposition 101 for Commercial End Users
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    In a landscape of increasing scrutiny and importance placed on how organizations treat their used and waste electronics and electrical equipment, it is helpful to establish some order and accountability around your IT assets through their entire internal life cycle. Data center managers and other IT professionals charged with responsible management of these assets can benefit their entire organizations by establishing IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) programs.

    Many ITAD programs are established with the core objectives of realizing financial accountability and return, ensuring data security or destruction, complying with legal and corporate compliance requirements, and satisfying applicable standards and certifications. In addition to fulfilling these requirements, organizations are increasingly expressing an interest in finding ways to structure programs to help them achieve environmental and sustainability goals.

    Due to the wide range of organizations’ IT assets, supply chains, numbers and locations of sites, and other complexities, there can be no truly effective one-size-fits-all description of an ITAD program. This document from The Green Grid, a non-profit industry consortium that works to improve the resource efficiency of information technology and data centers worldwide, lays out specific questions for IT professionals to ask themselves and their stakeholders when considering a customized ITAD program. It is meant to serve as an extended FAQ or program reference. It provides guidance on the business case for and positive implications of creating a program; information regarding the standards, certifications, and regulations related to ITAD; insights on identifying, selecting, and managing program stakeholders and suppliers; and a discussion of operational concerns about developing, implementing, and managing a tailored ITAD program.

    Metrics & Measurements - October 06, 2014 Comment now
    White Paper #59 - Productivity Proxies Validation Study
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The Green Grid, an international nonprofit consortium working to enhance data center resource efficiency, started the Productivity Proxies project as a method of approximating “useful work” in data centers. The concept was to develop metrics that were highly correlated to work being produced but that were cheaper, easier, and less intrusive to collect than counting every single transaction and combining them somehow.

    The Green Grid White Paper #17, Proxy Proposals for Measuring Data Center Productivity, proposed eight proxies. The Green Grid White Paper #24, Productivity Proxy Proposals Feedback: Interim Results, provided details showing that ease of use was the number one most important characteristic for a successful proxy, followed by cost to implement and accuracy. In addition to the eight proxies proposed by The Green Grid, two additional proxies, IT equipment efficiency (ITEE) and IT equipment utilization (ITEU), were proposed by Japan’s Green IT Promotion Council (GIPC). These became the ninth proxy.

    This validation study was designed to test the proxies in a laboratory and determine which ones correlated to useful work most accurately, which were easiest to implement, and which showed the most promise of being a generic measure of data center productivity.

    General - October 03, 2014 Comment now
    White Paper #58 - The Green Grid Data Center Storage Productivity Metrics (DCsP)

    This white paper proposes a new set of metrics, data center storage productivity (DCsP), as part of the IT/Energy Efficiency & Effectiveness block within The Green Grid’s framework for improving data center resource efficiency.

    - September 30, 2014 Comment now
    ENERGY STAR® for Large Networking Equipment Draft 1 Version 1.0 Feedback and Recommendations (September 2014)
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The Green Grid Association, a consortium of industry-leading companies, welcomes the opportunity to comment on topics under consideration for the ENERGY STAR for Large Network Equipment specification.

    General - September 28, 2014 Comment now
    Combining Cold Aisle Containment with Intelligent Cotrol to Optimize Data Center Cooling Efficiency

    Combining Cold Aisle Containment with Intelligent Cotrol to Optimize Data Center Cooling Efficiency

    Member Content - August 27, 2014 Comment now
    Raging Wire

    RagingWire Enterprise Solutions was founded in May 2000 to be an enterprise-class Managed Services Provider (eMSP) that could provide and support colocated data center services for Fortune 1000 customers. As a result, RagingWire needed a highly available, secure, and scalable Class “A+” Tier-IV data center design to deliver colocation and managed service solutions to enterprise customers.

    Member Content - August 27, 2014 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection August 2014
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: The Green Grid Forum 2014 - full event agenda; Honoring the Memory of Hugh Barrass; TGG Japan Work Group Meeting; Tech Trailblazer Awards; Upcoming industry events

    - August 26, 2014 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection July 2014
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: The Green Grid Forum 2014; Constitutional Convention scheduled; The Green Grid EMEA Forum 2014; Key Contributor Award call for nominations; Upcoming industry events.

    - July 17, 2014 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection June 2014
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: The Green Grid Japan Forum 2014; Technical Committee Summit; Featured Participant Ted Brown; Board Expansion Announcement; Upcoming industry events.

    - June 19, 2014 Comment now
    Data Center Precision Cooling: The Need For A Higher Level Of Service Expertise

    Data Center Precision Cooling: The Need For A Higher Level Of Service Expertise

    Member Content - June 06, 2014 Comment now
    GridWay.Net Case Study

    Computing Corporation used the SmartAisle infrastructure to ensure in-line growth with their business needs and strategies.

    Member Content - June 06, 2014 Comment now
    Data Center Cooling Assessments – What They Can Do for You

    Data Center Cooling Assessments – What They Can Do for You

    Member Content - June 06, 2014 Comment now
    Identifying Risk in the Supply Chain and Improving Audit Scores

    Identifying Risk in the Supply Chain and Improving Audit Scores

    Member Content - May 27, 2014 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection May 2014
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: Power Sub Work Group request for data; New DCIM Interest Group; New Operations Work Group Chair; Airflow Management Energy Project update; Board Expansion Announcement; Upcoming industry events.

    - May 15, 2014 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection, public edition: April 2014
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: Plans to Increase Number of Board-Level Members, New Content Available for Download, Utility Task Force Releases New White Paper, Upcoming TGG and Industry Events, Current Projects, and Membership Information.

    - April 29, 2014 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection April 2014
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: DCD Collaboration; Board Expansion Announcement; 'Good Practice' awardee; New content available for member download; Japan leader recognition: Eiji Taguchi, Intel.

    - April 17, 2014 Comment now
    Tampa Bay Rays

    Case study of Tampa Bay Rays data center solution.

    Member Content - April 16, 2014 Comment now
    Data Center Cooling Assessments – What They Can Do for You

    Data Center Cooling Assessments – What They Can Do for You

    Member Content - April 16, 2014 Comment now
    RR #2 - Energy Policies: Research and Implications for Data Centers in North America
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The growth of data centers and their energy consumption has prompted the development and implementation of government policies that are designed to improve data center energy efficiency.  This report focuses on policies that are in effect or being proposed in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and highlight the policies that The Green Grid believes will be most useful or instructive to data center developers.
    Operations - April 07, 2014 Comment now
    White Paper #57 -Green Carrots: Incentive Programs and the IT Industry
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This white paper begins with a brief history of data center–focused utility incentive programs and explores current data center industry trends, which clearly indicate that data centers remain a growth area worthy of utility attention. Next, it examines technologies typically incentivized through utility-sponsored programs. Lastly, it looks deeper into The Green Grid’s 2013 market research: its makeup, key findings, and recommendations.

    Operations - April 07, 2014 Comment now
    North American Energy Policies: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    During the North American Energy Policies webcast, Rona Newmark of EMC provided an exclusive preview of The Green Grid’s newest Research Report, RR#2: Energy Policies: Research and Implications for Data Centers in North America, which will be released in the coming weeks.

     

    General - March 27, 2014 Comment now
    Understanding Data Center Energy Intensity

    The energy consumption of servers and data centers is an important issue both for industry professionals responsible for data center and government entities responsible for energy-related issues. Energy intensity metrics have been used in other fields to provide intuitive insights into energy consumption and some measure of work output. This type of approach can work for data centers, however, calculating energy intensity still requires some means for estimating the amount of compute performed, or work output, by the data center. The Green Grid has published a series of white papers on IT productivity. These define a number of possible approaches, or proxies, for estimating work output. Dell has leveraged both this work and its own internal research to produce a dataset that covers a production data center over a three-week period-of-time. The resulting dataset suggests strongly that this approach shows significant promise with respect to estimating data center work output. With future work, the industry will be able to further refine and develop these types of metrics, as well as develop new operational models for managing data centers with respect to both work output and resource consumption.

    Member Content - March 27, 2014 Comment now
    Types of Prefabricated Modular Data Centers

    Types of Prefabricated Modular Data Centers

    Member Content - March 24, 2014 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection March 2014
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: Harmonizing Global Metrics for Data Center Energy Efficiency; North American Energy Policies webcast; Upcoming industry events

    - March 20, 2014 Comment now
    Harmonizing Global Metrics For Data Center Energy Efficiency - March 2014
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This public memo addresses the agreement reached by the Global Metrics Harmonization Task Force on standard approaches and reporting conventions for data center energy productivity (DCeP).

     

     

    Metrics & Measurements - March 13, 2014 Comment now
    Achieving Energy-Efficient Data Center Cooling: Does Reducing Fan Speed Always Result in Energy Savings?

    Achieving Energy-Efficient Data Center Cooling - Does Reducing Fan Speed Always Result in Energy Savings

    Member Content - March 06, 2014 Comment now
    PaTTAN Case Study

    Member Content - March 06, 2014 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection February 2014
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: Government Engagement Committee update, PUE: A Comprehensive Examination of the Metric book release, Metrics and Measurement Work Group leadership change, TGG Japan announces The Green Grid Good Practice award program.

    - February 21, 2014 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection, public edition: February 2014
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: Message from the Chairman, Utility Program Influence Survey, Government Engagement Committee update, upcoming industry events, and membership information.

    - February 18, 2014 Comment now
    Summary of Server Carbon Footprints Across Two Product Generations

    This paper compares the carbon footprints of an 11th generation and 12th generation Dell server. While the absolute carbon footprint attributed to manufacturing has gone up generation-over-generation, this is more than offset by a decrease in the carbon footprint of the server during the use phase. Overall the carbon intensity of the 12th generation server decreased by 28%, with respect to compute power, compared to the 11th generation server.

    Member Content - February 13, 2014 Comment now
    The Increased Costs of Data Center Downtime and Best Practices to Prevent It

    The Increased Costs of Data Center Downtime and Best Practices to Prevent It

    Member Content - February 12, 2014 Comment now
    Five Strategies for Cutting Data Center Energy Costs Through Enhanced Cooling Efficiency

    As electricity prices and IT power consumption continue to rise, IT-related energy costs are getting increased scrutiny. Cooling accounts for approximately 37 percent of electricity usage within a well-designed data center and, in many cases, represents a significant opportunity to reduce IT energy costs.

    Member Content - February 12, 2014 Comment now
    BLACKIRON Data Case Study

    Discover the cooling design strategies that allow BLACKIRON Data to use free-cooling more than 75% of the year without chiller plants or water, and helped to earn Uptime Institute Tier III certification and environmental �0;0;0;0;3;LEED Silver certification for their Toronto_DC3 data center.

    Member Content - February 12, 2014 Comment now
    PUE: A Comprehensive Examination of the Metric
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This book provides guidelines for determining the PUE of a dedicated data center and that of a mixed-use facility or specialized facility, along with results, scalability analyses, and case studies. It also discusses Partial PUE and outlines the approach to reuse waste heat. Issues such as availability of equipment and the productivity of the data center require different metrics and different analyses. This book is available free of charge to members as a benefit of your membership in the organization.

    This publication supersedes all prior white papers and consolidates all of the new and previously published content that The Green Grid has developed related to PUE. The definition and measurement guidelines included in this book have been harmonized globally, with a primary focus on energy.

    Metrics & Measurements - February 04, 2014 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection January 2014
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: Utility Program Influence Study, Airflow Energy Calculator Group update, Operations Work Group call for nominations, Member Company Feature: IO, Key Contributor award winner: Jay Dietrich.

    - January 16, 2014 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection December 2013
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: New Marketing/PR Advisory Panel announced; Case Study #5 - Chiller System Optimization; Members Webcast available for download; Christophe Garnier receives Q3 2013 Key Contributor Award.

    - December 19, 2013 Comment now
    Case Study #5 - Chiller System Optimization
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The Chiller System Optimization case study examines how member company eBay Inc. used The Green Grid’s Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE™) metric to save money while maximizing resource efficiency. This case study focuses on one early-generation facility in Phoenix, Arizona within an overall data center optimization effort the company recently implemented. eBay Inc. identified the data center as a prime candidate for improved energy efficiency through chiller system optimization.

    Operations - December 13, 2013 Comment now
    TGG Focus Areas Update: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    During the TGG Focus Areas Update webcast, Rona Newmark of EMC and Christophe Garnier of Schneider Electric, highlighted two of the very active focus areas of The Green Grid: Government Regulatory Implications and Data Center Life Cycle. The webcast included a summary of the discussions taking place in these two areas and how those discussions are driving new projects within The Green Grid. Rona and Christophe also explained how members can contribute as thought leaders in these areas.

    General - December 03, 2013 Comment now
    Data Center Lifecycle Assessment: Critical Factors and Evolving the State of the Art - 2013 DCD London Workshop
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Presenters: Christophe Garnier (Schneider Electric), Dean Nelson (eBay)

    This workshop provided attendees a first-hand view of leading edge developments in Data Center Lifecycle Assessment, contrasted to other methods for viewing Resource Efficiency practices. The audience learned how to get involved in these efforts, and why this approach can be extremely useful to their companies, and to the Data Center industry.

     

    General - November 21, 2013 Comment now
    EU Data Center Policy and How to Get Involved - 2013 DCD London Workshop
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Presenters: David Snelling (Fujitsu), Rona Newmark (EMC)

    This workshop provided a summary survey of current EU Data Center Policy initiatives, and covered how to get involved, especially focused on The Green Grid's new Government Engagement Committee and related Interest Group. In the workshop segment of this session, attendees divided into groups to meet with the experts, in order to learn firsthand of policy engagement opportunities via The Green Grid.

     

    General - November 21, 2013 Comment now
    Resource Efficiency Policy Workshop – Worldwide Government Engagement Approach - 2013 DCD London Workshop
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Presenters: Rona Newmark (EMC), Mark Schiller (The Green Grid), Tomoo Misaki (NRI)

    In this presentation The Green Grid introduced its Resource Efficiency focused approach to Government Engagement worldwide, including the structure and strategies for this effort. The three C’s of the strategy, Collect, Coordinate, Create were discussed. Workshop topics included a Liaison approach and regulatory issues.

     

    General - November 21, 2013 Comment now
    Driving Resource Efficiency via Industry Collaboration - 2013 DCD London Workshop
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Presenters: Ian Bitterlin (Emerson Network Power)

    This workshop provided attendees an opportunity to discover how to get involved in Industry Collaborations via the Strategic Initiatives of The Green Grid. Current Green Grid Strategic Technical work projects were discussed. In the workshop segment of this session, attendees divided into groups to learn about 3 priority projects and the group jointly developed a list of opportunities for new work for The Green Grid to consider.

     

    General - November 21, 2013 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection November 2013
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: Upcoming Members Webcast - TGG Focus Area Update; Release of Research Report #1 - Sustainable Site Selection; Key Contributor Award call for nominations

    - November 21, 2013 Comment now
    PREVIEW - RR#1 - Sustainable Site Selection: The Convergence of Data Center Site Selection and Sustainability

    The process of data center site selection is being adapted to face the realities of new economic megaforces in areas of policy, design and resources, all of which have critical impact to the long-term sustainability of data center facilities. In order to explore the data center industry’s need for best practices and resource tools, The Green Grid commissioned a working group and this Research Report to raise awareness, bring discussion, develop a strategy and forge a path to assist data centers in managing the risks associated with sustainable site selection.

    Operations - November 15, 2013 Comment now
    RR#1 - Sustainable Site Selection: The Convergence of Data Center Site Selection and Sustainability
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The process of data center site selection is being adapted to face the realities of new economic megaforces in areas of policy, design and resources, all of which have critical impact to the long-term sustainability of data center facilities. In order to explore the data center industry’s need for best practices and resource tools, The Green Grid commissioned a working group and this Research Report to raise awareness, bring discussion, develop a strategy and forge a path to assist data centers in managing the risks associated with sustainable site selection.

    Operations - November 15, 2013 Comment now
    White Paper #47- Japan Data Center Regional Considerations
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*
    The purpose of this white paper is to present the Japanese data-center environment (environmental installation, legislative changes/benefits, incidental equipment facilities, operational administration, energy saving/fuel efficiency, etc.) and highlight special conditions and solutions which are being incorporated in Japan.

    Technology & Strategy - November 12, 2013 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection October 2013
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: New White Paper #55 - Data Center Power System Harmonics; 2Q 2013 Key Contributor Award: David Wang; DCD Converged discount code for TGG members.

    - October 17, 2013 Comment now
    Ecodesign Directive: An Overview of the Preparatory Study on Enterprise Servers and Storage - 2013 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC) aims at improving the environmental performances of Energy-related Products from the design phase, whilst taking into account the concerns of industry, consumers, and all other stakeholders. The preparatory study on Enterprise Servers and Storage was launched in June 2013 and constitutes the very first step of the legislative process, in order to provide the European Commission with potential policy recommendations, based on a thorough environmental and economic assessment of the products. This session will provide an overview of the study, including a presentation of the methodology that will be followed (MEErP, which is common to all preparatory studies) and a description of the stakeholder consultation process.

    General - October 16, 2013 Comment now
    EMEA Work Groups: Activities Update - 2013 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    In this session, Roel Castelein, André Rouyer, and Ian Bitterlin will discuss current and recently completed activities of the EMEA Work Groups as well as future activities. In addition, Ian Bitterlin will provide a brief overview of SC39 activities.

    General - October 16, 2013 Comment now
    European Policy Impact on Data Centres - 2013 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will explore the impact of European carbon and energy efficiency legislation on Data Centres. The presentation will start with a quick overview of European policy priorities on climate change and outline the main legislative instruments and other policy tools already being deployed or in the pipeline. The presentation will identify how the legislation is affecting the data centre sector, particularly with regard to strategic planning and investment decisions and whether it is driving behavioural change at the operational level. The presentation will refer to the UK to illustrate how legislation can lead to unintended consequences when applied to data centres, why some measures will never deliver their policy objectives, and how industry might address this disconnect between policy intention and policy outcome. Discussion will also include how carbon constraints and higher energy prices may affect the way that the European sector develops in the future.

    General - October 16, 2013 Comment now
    Future Direction: Getting Involved - 2013 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    With over 145 member companies worldwide, The Green Grid is rapidly advancing its mission to improve resource efficiency in information technology and data centres. During this final session, EMEA Technical Work Group Chair, Ian Bitterlin, will provide an overview of how you can get involved in The Green Grid’s activities.

    General - October 16, 2013 Comment now
    Ecodesign Directive: An Overview of the Preparatory Study on Enterprise Servers and Storage - 2013 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Data centre managers are often requesting lower harmonics numbers, but they do not always understand what the appropriate numbers are and why. Zero harmonics does not necessarily mean a better data centre operating environment. This session will help attendees understand how to balance harmonics and efficiency, while providing a general overview of harmonics, including what they are and what they do.

    General - October 16, 2013 Comment now
    The Green Grid Overview - 2013 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session offers an overview of The Green Grid, reviews the accomplishments of the last year, and addresses the expanded mission and new initiatives. Vice-President Jack Pouchet and Executive Director Mark Schiller will cover past activities, look to the future, and answer questions from attendees.

    General - October 16, 2013 Comment now
    EU Code of Conduct - 2013 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    In this session, Paolo Bertoldi explored the European Commission's Code of Conduct on Data Centers' Energy Efficiency, which is comprised of a series of voluntary, light-touch measures. These measures are expected to form the basis of more stringent legislation in the future, laying out a set of minimum standards for compliance.

    - October 16, 2013 Comment now
    European Commission Data Centre Projects: All4Green - 2013 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session offered an in depth look at EU initiatives, the roles of ICT in Europe, and Europe’s advancements in sustainable data centres, cloud computing, and new business opportunities through green-ICT. Information was provided about various EU-Projects including FIT4Green, All4Green, CoolEmAll, and DC4Cities.

    - October 16, 2013 Comment now
    European Commission Data Centre Projects: CoolEmAll - 2013 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session offered an in depth look at EU initiatives, the roles of ICT in Europe, and Europe’s advancements in sustainable data centres, cloud computing, and new business opportunities through green-ICT. Information was provided about various EU-Projects including FIT4Green, All4Green, CoolEmAll, and DC4Cities.

    - October 16, 2013 Comment now
    European Commission Data Centre Projects: DC4Cities - 2013 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session offered an in depth look at EU initiatives, the roles of ICT in Europe, and Europe’s advancements in sustainable data centres, cloud computing, and new business opportunities through green-ICT. Information was provided about various EU-Projects including FIT4Green, All4Green, CoolEmAll, and DC4Cities.

    - October 16, 2013 Comment now
    European Commission Data Centre Projects: FIT4Green - 2013 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session offered an in depth look at EU initiatives, the roles of ICT in Europe, and Europe’s advancements in sustainable data centres, cloud computing, and new business opportunities through green-ICT. Information was provided about various EU-Projects including FIT4Green, All4Green, CoolEmAll, and DC4Cities.

    - October 16, 2013 Comment now
    Environmental Life Cycle Criteria and the Data Centre Maturity Model - 2013 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    In this session Lex Coors of Interxion  offered an in depth review of The Green Grid’s current work on Environmental Life Cycle Criteria and the Data Centre Maturity Model (DCMM). This project will create a list of environmental criteria, compliant with the format of DCMM, which can be used as the basis for the creation of an Environmental Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) section in the next revision of the DCMM. This project will consider all Life Cycles stages and environmental impacts, and only the most significant will be kept. This work will draw upon existing documents from The Green Grid and other recognized organizations, to define metrics, standards, best practices, and methodologies

    General - October 16, 2013 Comment now
    PREVIEW: White Paper #55 - Data Center Power System Harmonics

    PREVIEW: Data center managers are often requesting lower harmonics numbers, but they do not always understand what the appropriate numbers are and why. Zero harmonics does not necessarily mean a better data centre operating environment. This paper outlines how to balance harmonics and efficiency, while providing a general overview of harmonics, including what they are and what they do.

    General - October 15, 2013 Comment now
    White Paper #55 - Data Center Power System Harmonics
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Data center managers are often requesting lower harmonics numbers, but they do not always understand what the appropriate numbers are and why. Zero harmonics does not necessarily mean a better data centre operating environment. This paper outlines how to balance harmonics and efficiency, while providing a general overview of harmonics, including what they are and what they do.

    General - October 15, 2013 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection September 2013
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The Green Grid Connection September 2013 Highlights include: Newly announced Government Engagement Committee;  Using TGG Member Logo; Featured Participant Lex Coors; and TGG upcoming events.

    - September 19, 2013 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection August 2013
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The Green Grid Connection August 2013 Highlights include: Newly announced Interest Groups; China Forum Registration; Featured Participant, Jack Pouchet; Featured Member Company, Broadcom Corporation

     

    - August 15, 2013 Comment now
    AC vs. DC Power Distribution for Data Centers

    AC vs. DC power distribution for data centers

    Member Content - August 12, 2013 Comment now
    Comparing Transformer-free to Transformer-based UPS Designs

    Comparing Transformer-free to Transformer-based UPS Designs

    Member Content - July 24, 2013 Comment now
    Data Center Power System Harmonics: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    During the Data Center Power System Harmonics webcast, Power Sub Work Group members Mietek Glinkowski (ABB, Inc.), Dave Loucks (Eaton), and Stephen McCluer (Schneider Electric) provided an overview of harmonics, including what they are, the difference between harmonic voltage and current, what causes harmonics, and what problems harmonics can cause. The presentation also delved into the levels of harmonics that can be tolerated and under what conditions, as well as how harmonic voltages and currents can affect data center power distribution system efficiency.

    General - July 23, 2013 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection July 2013
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The Green Grid Connection July 2013 Highlights include: Upcoming Data Center Power Systems Harmonics Webcast; EMEA Forum Registration; Featured Member Company, Upsite Technologies

     

    - July 18, 2013 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection June 2013
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: Paul Peoples Key Contributor Award, The Green Grid Forum Japan, Ian Bitterlin EMEA TWG Chair appointment, and Computerworld Award for Sustainability

    - June 20, 2013 Comment now
    Facility Operation Integration: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    During the Facility Operation Integration webcast, James Bartone, TGG Technical Committee Vice-Chair and Project Manager, Mission Critical Systems, Schneider Electric, offers an in depth review of the newly released White Paper #52 - An Integrated Approach to Operational Efficiency and Reliability.

    General - June 19, 2013 Comment now
    Separating Fact from Myth about Transformerless UPS

    Explains the history of UPS designs and their evolution to today's technology

    Member Content - June 10, 2013 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection May 2013
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: The Green Grid DataCenterDynamics Collaboration, The Green Grid Forum Japan, the April Technical Committee Summit, and the EMEA Work Groups Face to Face Meeting.

    - May 23, 2013 Comment now
    ENERGY STAR® for Computer Servers Version 2.0 Data Set Feedback and Recommendations (May 2013)
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The Green Grid Association, a consortium of industry-leading companies, welcomes the opportunity to comment on topics under consideration for the ENERGY STAR for Computer Servers specification.

    General - May 01, 2013 Comment now
    An Introduction to Causeway: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The Green Grid's April 25th webcast provided an overview of the new online collaboration platform called Causeway. Causeway will be used for all of the committee and work group’s online activities. This user-friendly collaboration platform features Wikis, news feeds, etc.

    General - April 25, 2013 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection April 2013
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: The Green Grid Causeway transition, EMEA Technical Work Group Chair position, the April Technical Committee Summit, and the Siemens Member Feature.

    - April 18, 2013 Comment now
    Electronics Disposal Efficiency: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    During the Electronics Disposal Efficiency (EDE) webcast, John Pflueger, TGG Board member and Principal Environmental Strategist at Dell, introduces the audience to the new EDE metric, discuss how to calculate the metric, and offer guidelines for use.

    General - March 26, 2013 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection March 2013
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: The Green Grid Forum 2013, Electronic Disposal Efficiency White Paper, the April Technical Committee Summit, and the 2012 Key Contributor Award Winners.

    - March 21, 2013 Comment now
    Calculating TCO for Energy

    Realistically estimate electric use and cost to compare servers. Reposted with permission from IBM Systems Magazine.

    Member Content - March 18, 2013 Comment now
    Case Study of Server Room Retrofit

    Case Study of Server Room Retrofit, including costs ($25,000) and Benefits ($67,000/year)

    Member Content - March 13, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - ASHRAE and The Green Grid Looking Forward
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The industry has seen a considerable, disruptive change in recent years, essentially seeking to “leap-frog” itself in how it delivers value in every sector it serves. Looking forward, what should ASHRAE and The Green Grid’s collaborative relationship look like as these two organizations support the desired “leap-frog affect” the industry is driving?

    General - March 06, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Built to Last: A Review of NRI’s New “Double Deck Data Center”
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    In October 2012, Nomura Research Institute opened its newest data center in Tokyo, Japan. This session will examine the data center’s innovative “double deck floor” design, which will help reduce overall air handling and facility electricity needs. As a result, it is anticipated that neither additional building side modifications nor further capital spending will be needed for 30 to 40 years or maybe even longer.

    General - March 06, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Case Study of EMC’s Durham Data Center
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will walk attendees through EMC’s data center strategy; highlighting their new Private Cloud Data Center. EMC representatives will review the sustainable features of the building, new IT infrastructure architecture, and recent and future efficiency projects.

    General - March 06, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Current and Short-Term Projected State of ENERGY STAR®
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will present an update on the current status and accomplishments of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program. In addition, this session will look ENERGY STAR’s plans for the next several years, focusing on the IT and data center area. Furthermore, this session will include a discussion on IT product specification work, international outreach, data center labeling, and other program activities currently underway or planned to begin soon.

    General - March 06, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Current and Short-Term Projected State of EU CoC
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will explore the European Commission's Code of Conduct on Data Centers, which is comprised of a series of voluntary, light-touch measures. This session will examine how these measures can help operators improve the energy efficiency of their data centers. In addition, these measures could contribute to forming the basis of more stringent legislation in the future. However, other challenges related to local legal frameworks and energy policies will have to be addressed first.

    General - March 06, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Data Center Power System Harmonics: An Overview of the Effects on Data Center Efficiency and Reliability
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Data center managers are often requesting lower harmonics numbers, but they do not always understand what the appropriate numbers are and why. Zero harmonics does not necessarily mean a better data center operating environment. This session will help attendees understand how to balance harmonics and efficiency, while providing a general overview of harmonics, including what they are and what they do.

    General - March 06, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Engaging the Missing Link in IT Resource Efficiency
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will explore the interface between data center managers and the developer, and the critical role that incentives, software design, and operations plays in improving the effectiveness of our data center investments.

    General - March 06, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - European Perspectives in Addressing Sustainability in Data Centers
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will look at the European Commission’s effort to address the growth in data centers focuses on their overall resource efficiency and environmental footprint. The development and use of relevant international standards and metrics is considered essential, but not sufficient to achieve improved efficiency. This session will also address the challenges of maintaining data centers in urban settings, where competition for resources and pressures to reduce GHG emissions is greatest.

    General - March 06, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Green Carrots - An Examination of the Effectiveness of Energy Incentive Programs
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Are utility incentives making the ‘grid’ any greener? Recent management theory suggests that “incentives don’t work,” yet utility rebate programs subsidize corporate energy efficiency investments with millions of ratepayer dollars each year. The Green Grid is currently studying the influence of utility incentives on the IT industry, and this interactive session will offer a first look at the results of this first-of-its-kind research. Audience input will be collected during the session and may be incorporated into the upcoming publication on this interesting topic area.

    General - March 06, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - IT Recycling Metric
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This presentation will introduce the audience to EDE, and why it is important. It will also provide initial guidance as to how it can be calculated and guidelines for its use. Last, it will cover suggested next steps as well as issue a call-to-action for organizations interested in piloting the new metric.

    General - March 06, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Plotting a Path to Sustainability with The Data Center Maturity Model
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will cover the Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM), which outlines capability descriptors by area such that users can understand their current performance, determine their levels of maturity, and identify the ongoing steps and innovations necessary to achieve greater energy efficiency and sustainability, both today and into the future. The maturity model touches upon every aspect of the data center including power, cooling, compute, storage and network.

    General - March 06, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - The Collision Course between Site Selection and Sustainability
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Operational risks, efficiency, TCO, taxes, and sustainability are among the many factors that come into play when determining the appropriate site for a data center. This session will examine these and other site selection criteria, as well as offer end user guidance on resource efficient and sustainable data center site selection methodology and practice.

    General - March 06, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - The 2.5 Planet Challenge: Reaping the Rewards of Renewable Energy and a Cold Climate
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    With only renewable hydropower and a cold climate, Norway has a unique setting for powering the emerging cloud. This session will deliver an overview of the newly developed free air-cooling technology from Fjord IT, and will also present new concepts on how data center operations can be set up with less cost and higher efficiency.

    General - March 06, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Current and Short-Term Projected State of EU CoC
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will explore the European Commission's Code of Conduct on Data Centers, which is comprised of a series of voluntary, light-touch measures. This session will examine how these measures can help operators improve the energy efficiency of their data centers. In addition, these measures could contribute to forming the basis of more stringent legislation in the future. However, other challenges related to local legal frameworks and energy policies will have to be addressed first.

    General - March 06, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Big Data Center
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    In the past year, big data has exploded onto the technology scene with new applications, new products, new terminology, and lots and lots of hype. But what is it really, and moreover, what does it mean for the IT professional? During this session, industry experts and big data practitioners will talk about how technology is developing to support big data applications, what it means to those who have to make them work, and the potential career impacts of the emerging field of data science.

    General - March 05, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Current and Short-Term Projected State of Energy Efficiency Regulations in Japan
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will examine the current and near-term projected state of energy efficiency regulations in Japan, as well as provide an in-depth review of existing regulations for data center and other ITC equipment. In addition, this session will discuss new and proposed Japanese regulations (draft work is in progress), including revisions to existing programs that are anticipated to be initiated and/or completed in 2013. Finally, this session will review new areas of exploration that are likely to result in program revisions or additional regulations in 2014 and beyond.

    General - March 05, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Data Center Life Cycle Analysis
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The environmental impact, also called environmental footprint, of products and organizations is becoming a major topic driven by the needs of customer information, policy makers, and compliance towards regulation. Standards organizations, industry consortia, and regulatory bodies develop tools with the same goal: assessing the environmental impact of the product or the organization. However, each tool has its own specific interest range, life cycle stages, product ranges, and sometimes its own particular requirements.

    Most of these methodologies for assessing environmental impacts can apply to a data center. The objective of The Green Grid aims to provide the industry with a framework and rules to describe the specificities of a data center, so that all the different methodologies can at least evaluate a data center in the same way. This common framework is intended to be used by owners, renters, and users of data centers in order to harmonize environmental studies.

    General - March 05, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Digestion to Data: Powering the Cloud with Waste “Materials”
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will delve into Microsoft’s research and development of the first zero carbon data center, called the Data Plant. Located at the Dry Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Cheyenne, WY, this data center will be completely independent of the grid and will recycle common waste bi-products to sustainably power cloud services. Microsoft has been committed to developing more efficient and sustainable data center infrastructures that support the growing demand for online services since 1994. With this Data Plant pilot project, Microsoft is taking another step in that important journey, while also working to address some of the global challenges facing us all regarding energy, waste, and water resources today.

    General - March 05, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - eBay Digital Service Efficiency
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session will offer an in depth review of the eBay Digital Service Efficiency (DSE) methodology. DSE is eBay's MPG for technical infrastructure. DSE connects technical infrastructure performance to top-level business metrics by measuring the key variables of revenue, cost, performance, and environmental impact based on user consumption of services provided. In addition, DSE tunes the infrastructure engine by identifying the knobs that can be adjusted at all levels, as well as optimizes effectiveness by striking a balance between the interconnected variables.

    General - March 05, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Exascale Computing (HPC Energy Efficiency)
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Exascale computing continues to drive requirements for data center power and cooling. Come hear customers and suppliers discuss the issues and solutions as The Green Grid and US CAS (U.S. Coalition for the Advancement of Supercomputing) bring this topic to the Forum.

    General - March 05, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Facility Operation Integration
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Following the theme of ‘what would The Green Grid’s data center look like’ and based on the recently released white paper entitled, “An Integrated Approach to Operational Efficiency and Reliability,” this presentation will outline the chronological production of key operational documents throughout the facility lifecycle. In addition, this session will focus on the development of a facility-wide sequence of operations manuals that serve as the facility ‘run book’ for resource efficient, reliable operations.

    General - March 05, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Google Data Centers: A Behind the Scenes Look at Infrastructure and Innovations
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Google’s data center practice helped develop the company’s competitive edge for online services and products. Now, nearly seven years after the first data center went into production, there is an ever increasing need to be creative in order to drive efficiency and minimize the impact on the planet. This presentation hopes to uncover some of Google’s early day decisions, why they were made and how those decisions led to future innovation. This session will also introduce how Google has integrated 10 guiding principles which have helped drive operational and financial efficiencies.

    General - March 05, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Standards Today; Regulation Tomorrow?
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    During this session, panelists will deliver an overview of SC39, as well as discuss, in detail, what it aims to deliver and when. Panelists will also discuss ISO standards that are likely to be delivered, and deliberate over what it would mean for the data center industry if regulators and governments across the world had ISO standards to reference.

    General - March 05, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - State of The Green Grid and Members Meeting
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    In the annual members meeting, the President and Chairman of the Board, John Tuccillo, will discuss The Green Grid’s leadership in improving resource efficiency in IT and data centers through the development of resources and global collaboration with industry and government bodies. In addition, John will provide insight into the organization's status and future direction, as well as introduce The Green Grid's new Executive Director, Mark Schiller.

    General - March 05, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - The Bigger Picture: Economic Impacts and Policy Considerations for the ICT Industry
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    ICT offers the opportunity to address the threat of climate change while sustainably growing the world’s economies, but only if managed with the big picture in mind. Much more needs to be done to channel capital investments, deploy incentives for energy efficiency, and provide access to clean power to the ICT sector.

    Hear how ICT provides a net reduction in GHG emissions within 6 industries, as detailed in the 2013 GeSI SMARTer 2020 report, and discover with NRDC how smart policy advocacy can help ICT become a bigger part of the solution

    General - March 05, 2013 Comment now
    2013 Forum - Welcome
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The conversation on resource efficient IT starts here! During this session, The Green Grid President and Chairman of the Board, John Tuccillo, will offer a brief introduction regarding The Green Grid and the role the organization plays in shaping the future of resource efficiency in IT and data centers. John will also discuss the agenda for The Green Grid's 6th annual Forum, highlighting sessions and networking opportunities.

    General - March 05, 2013 Comment now
    White Paper #53 - Electronics Disposal Efficiency (EDE): An It Recycling Metric for Enterprises and Data Centers

    This white paper outlines the new Electronics Disposal Efficiency (EDE) metric. EDE is the first universal metric launched by The Green Grid to help end-users of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) measure their success in the responsible management of outdated equipment. EDE is a simple metric that helps organizations calculate and measure their progress in improving equipment disposal processes over time.

    Metrics & Measurements - March 05, 2013 Comment now
    Enable Server Expansion without Increasing Power and Space Requirements

    Learn how Livestream chose AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 Server to overcome their power and space contraints and enable server expansion

    Member Content - February 27, 2013 Comment now
    Sustainable Infrastructure Begins with a Solid Base

    This white paper discusses how servers based on AMD Opteron technology can offer cloud providers the efficient infrastructure and value they need for their own operations and to meet their customers' needs.

    Member Content - February 27, 2013 Comment now
    The IT Energy Efficiency Imperative

    This comprehensive but concise screen-readable white paper explores the importance and urgency of embracing IT resource efficiency in areas such as system architecture, hardware provisioning, software design and operations. By considering IT resource efficiency equal to reliability and security, this whitepaper illustrates best and next practices that can help organizations stretch their budgets and respond more rapidly to demands for IT additional services.

    Member Content - February 26, 2013 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection February 2013
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: The Green Grid Forum 2013, DCMM Tutorial, and the Yuji Ishibashi and David Snelling Key Contributor Awards.

    - February 21, 2013 Comment now
    White Paper #52 - An Integrated Approach to Operational Efficiency and Reliability
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This white paper outlines the conscious effort made by the project development team to consider and document data center operations and management tools from the earliest planning and design phases through sustained operations. The resulting operational documents define how the facility’s systems and subsystems are intended to work collaboratively to produce optimum energy efficiency, reliability, control, and maintainability.

    General - February 16, 2013 Comment now
    Servers and Fresh-air Cooling

    This white paper explains how Dell’s next generation of servers were developed to support fresh air cooling and overall data center level energy savings.

    Member Content - February 14, 2013 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection January 2013
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: The Green Grid Forum 2013, DCMM Tutorial, Jim Spitaels Key Contributor Award, and the David Wang Participant Feature.

    - January 18, 2013 Comment now
    ENERGY STAR® for Computer Servers Version 2.0 Final Draft Feedback and Recommendations (January 2013)
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The Green Grid Association, a consortium of industry-leading companies, welcomes the opportunity to comment on an early draft of topics under consideration for the ENERGY STAR for Computer Servers specification.

    General - January 09, 2013 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection December 2012
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: The Green Grid Forum 2013, Q2 2012 Key Contributor Award, and the Lenovo company feature.

    - December 13, 2012 Comment now
    EPA ENERGY STAR for UPS: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The Green Grid webcast on EPA ENERGY STAR for UPS was held on Thursday, December 13 at 10:00-11:00am ET and 4:00-5:00pm ET. ENERGY STAR was created in the early 1990's by the US EPA, and is shared by ENERGY STAR Country partners: Australia, Canada, European Union, Japan, New Zealand, and Taiwan. The ENERGY STAR for UPS program was set up and deployed in 2012, and is the first new program deployed after the establishment of Enhanced Testing and Verification. This webcast reviewed the unique characteristics of the UPS program, and it's relation to ENERGY STAR for Data Centers, as well as the Country Partners plans for ENERGY STAR for UPS and how the ENERGY STAR for UPS program impacts you.

    General - December 13, 2012 Comment now
    The Green Grid Overview - 2012 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session offered an overview of The Green Grid, reviewed the accomplishments of the last year, and addressed the expanded mission and new initiatives. Vice-President Roger Tipley covered past activities, looked to the future, and answered questions from attendees. In addition, he introduced the new Executive Director, Mark Schiller, who discussed membership and participation opportunities.

    General - November 22, 2012 Comment now
    Framework for Conducting Life Cycle Analysis of Data Centers - 2012 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Environmental impact, also called environmental footprint, of products and organizations is becoming a major topic driven by the need of customer information, policy makers, and compliance towards regulation. Standards organizations, industry consortia, and regulatory bodies develop tools with the same goal: assessing the environmental impact of the product or the organization. However, each tool has its own specific interest range, life cycle stages, product ranges, and sometimes its own particular requirements.

    Most of these methodologies for assessing environmental impacts can apply to a data center. The objective of this TGG project is to provide the industry with a framework and rules to describe the specificities of a data center so that all the different methodologies can at least evaluate a data center in the same way. This common framework is intended to be used by owners, renters, and users of data centers in order to harmonize environmental studies.

    General - November 21, 2012 Comment now
    PUE: A Comprehensive Examination of the Metric - 2012 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Via five earlier white papers from The Green Grid, countless public presentations, articles, and global harmonization efforts, Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) has evolved from a simple fraction to a much more detailed description of how to instrument and analyze a data center's operations and infrastructure. The Green Grid recently released white paper #49, "PUE: A Comprehensive Examination of the Metric" as the single reference book for PUE. The Green Grid Vice President, Roger Tipley, was a content contributor to this "book" and he covered both the newly published PUE content, as well as refreshing everyone's memory about some of the older PUE material that may have been forgotten during the course of The Green Grid’s 6 years and 50+ white papers.

    General - November 21, 2012 Comment now
    Understanding IT Reliability and Energy Consumption - 2012 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session discussed The Green Grid’s recently released white paper, “Data Center Efficiency and IT Equipment Reliability at Wider Operating Temperature and Humidity Ranges.” Extending the environmental operating parameters of a data center is an accepted approach to reducing overall energy consumption. Relaxing tight control over temperature and humidity should result in less power required to cool the data center. However, the impact of increased data center operating temperature on IT equipment has historically been presumed to be detrimental to the equipment’s reliability and service availability.

    General - November 21, 2012 Comment now
    White Paper #45 - Data Centre Life Cycle Assessment Guidelines
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Increasingly, both the public and private sectors are interested in determining a product or organization’s environmental impact, also referred to as its environmental footprint. Whether for policy making, regulation compliance, or customer information purposes, environmental impact assessments are growing in importance and frequency.

    A number of entities have developed methodologies and tools for assessing environmental impacts some can be applied in a limited way to a data centre. The current state of life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies, the lack of applicable primary and secondary data for assessing data centre components and systems, and the complexity of the data centre create serious difficulties in performing a data centre LCA. The Green Grid—an international, non-profit consortium working to enhance data centre resource efficiency—does not seek to develop yet another methodology or calculate the environmental impacts of a particular data centre, but rather to provide a framework and rules that can be used by organizations around the world to describe the specifics of their data centres in a consistent manner, so that all the different methodologies can evaluate a data centre’s environmental impacts in the same way.

    The Green Grid’s framework is intended to be used by data centre owners, renters, and operators as a common basis in order to harmonize environmental impact studies. This white paper introduces the framework, highlights supporting industry standards, and discusses how to identify and uniformly describe the key elements of a data centre for the purposes of conducting a complete life cycle assessment of a data centre’s full environmental impacts.

    General - November 20, 2012 Comment now
    Data Center Maturity Model and Assessment Tool - 2012 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    In this session, Lex Coors discussed the Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM) which outlines capability descriptors by area such that users can understand their current performance, determine their levels of maturity, and identify the ongoing steps and innovations necessary to achieve greater energy efficiency and sustainability, both today and into the future. The maturity model touches upon every aspect of the data center including power, cooling, compute, storage and network.

    In addition, Lex discussed how you can use the tool to assess your data center and IT portfolio against the DCMM, get access to your personal DCMM equalizer, and obtain benchmarking results – see how you are doing against the industry and similar types of data centers.

    General - November 20, 2012 Comment now
    Data Center Metrics - 2012 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This session addressed data center metrics to measure resource efficiency in data centers. It gave the current status on the development of these metrics and on the progress made over the last few months. The Green Grid metrics that were discussed during this session include PUE, CUE, and WUE, as well as other industry proposed metrics such as FVER and the study on the proxies to measure efficiency of the IT systems. Lastly, this session addressed the integration of these metrics in the current works of the standardization organizations recognized by the World Trade Association such as the European groups Cen, Cenelec, ETSI or international groups IEC and ISO.

    General - November 19, 2012 Comment now
    EMEA Work Groups: Activities Update - 2012 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    In this session, Roel Castelein, André Rouyer, David Snelling, and Michalis Grigoratos discussed current and recently completed activities of the EMEA Work Groups as well as future activities.

    General - November 19, 2012 Comment now
    EU Code of Conduct - 2012 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    In this session, Paolo Bertoldi explored the European Commission's Code of Conduct on Data Centers' Energy Efficiency, which is comprised of a series of voluntary, light-touch measures. These measures are expected to form the basis of more stringent legislation in the future, laying out a set of minimum standards for compliance.

    - November 19, 2012 Comment now
    European Perspectives in Addressing Sustainability in Data Centers - 2012 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    In this session, Colette Maloney offered an in depth look at EU initiatives, the roles of ICT in Europe, and Europe’s advancements in sustainable data centers, cloud computing, and new business opportunities through green-ICT. t group learned about various EU-Projects including GAMES, FIT4GREEN, ALL4GREEN, and CollEmAll.

    General - November 19, 2012 Comment now
    Future Direction: Getting Involved - 2012 EMEA Forum
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    With over 160 member companies worldwide, The Green Grid is rapidly advancing its mission to improve resource efficiency in information technology and data centers. During this final session, EMEA Technical Work Group Chair, Michalis Grigoratos, and Vice-Chair, Dr. David Snelling, provided an overview of how to get involved in The Green Grid’s activities.

    General - November 19, 2012 Comment now
    Power Equipment and Data Center Design: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    The Green Grid's November 15th Members-Only webcast explored various topics that impact efficiency, including power system configurations and how a data center is “grown” over time. In addition, the webcast will detail different power system components and review measurement and control points for each of these components.

    General - November 15, 2012 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection November 2012
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: New Members-Only White Paper, The Green Grid Leadership Updates, and the Harmonizing Global Metrics for Data Center Energy Efficiency memo.

    - November 15, 2012 Comment now
    White Paper #51 - Power Equipment and Data Center Design
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This paper explores various topics that impact efficiency, including power system configurations and how a data center is “grown” over time. In addition, the paper details different power system components and review measurement and control points for each of these components.

    General - November 15, 2012 Comment now
    Harmonizing Global Metrics For Data Center Energy Efficiency - November 2012
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This public memo addresses the agreement reached by the Global Metrics Harmonization Task Force on measurement protocols for the Green Energy Coefficient (GEC), Energy Reuse Factor (ERF) and Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE) metrics.

    Metrics & Measurements - November 13, 2012 Comment now
    White Paper #50 - Data Center Efficiency and IT Equipment Reliability at Wider Operating Temperature and Humidity Ranges
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    This white paper looks at how the environmental parameters of temperature and humidity affect IT equipment, examining reliability and energy usage as the data center operating range is extended. Using recently published ASHRAE data, the paper addresses misconceptions related to the application of higher operating temperatures. In addition, it explores the hypothesis that data center efficiency can be further improved by employing a wider operational range without substantive impacts on reliability or service availability.

    General - October 23, 2012 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection October 2012
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: New Members-Only White Papers, The Green Grid Japan Data Center Award 2012, the Juniper Company Feature, and the James Bartone Participant Feature.

    - October 18, 2012 Comment now
    White Paper #49-PUE: A Comprehensive Examination of the Metric

    This white paper provides guidelines for determining the PUE of a dedicated data center and that of a mixed-use facility or specialized facility, along with results, scalability analyses, and case studies. It also discusses Partial PUE and outlines the approach to reuse waste heat. Issues such as availability of equipment and the productivity of the data center require different metrics and different analyses. This book is available free of charge to members as a benefit of your membership in the organization.

    This publication supersedes all prior white papers and consolidates all of the new and previously published content that The Green Grid has developed related to PUE. The definition and measurement guidelines included in this book have been harmonized globally, with a primary focus on energy.

    Metrics & Measurements - October 02, 2012 Comment now
    Evaluation of Eco Mode for UPSs: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    UPS Eco Mode is one of The Green Grid’s Data Center Maturity Model energy saving recommendations, and can increase overall efficiency when implemented correctly. In order to help understand and deploy what is typically the highest-efficiency mode, the Evaluation of Eco Mode in Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems white paper breaks down key elements such as UPS technology and performance, critical power systems configuration, IT power supply ride-through, and utility grid reliability. The paper explores each of these ideas and their trade-offs, helping data center operators understand Eco Mode from the ground up.

    General - September 25, 2012 Comment now
    White Paper #48 - Evaluation of Eco Mode in Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    UPS Eco Mode is one of The Green Grid’s Data Center Maturity Model energy saving recommendations, and can increase overall efficiency when implemented correctly. In order to help understand and deploy what is typically the highest-efficiency mode, the Evaluation of Eco Mode in Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems white paper breaks down key elements such as UPS technology and performance, critical power systems configuration, IT power supply ride-through, and utility grid reliability. The paper explores each of these ideas and their trade-offs, helping data center operators understand Eco Mode from the ground up.

    Technology & Strategy - September 24, 2012 Comment now
    The Green Grid Connection September 2012
    *FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

    Highlights include: The Green Grid EMEA Forum 2012, Evaluation of Eco Mode for UPSs Webcast, the Teradata Company Feature, and the Tomoo Misaki Participant Feature.

    - September 20, 2012 Comment now