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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
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 - Presentation Name
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Short abstract

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
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
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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
6 Reasons to Specify Air-Sealing Grommets in the Design of a New Data Center

Co-written by Tate, Inc. and Upsite Technologies, Inc, this paper explores the benefits of including air-sealing grommets in the design and specification of a new data center. The paper shows how standard cutout locations can be used to properly align the grommets regardless of the rack dimensions, and the significant energy savings and increased capacity that can be achieved by including grommets. The use of raised-floor grommets to prevent bypass air from escaping the underfloor plenum is a well-known airflow management best practice. Elimination of bypass airflow improves the cooling capacity and efficiency of any data center. Despite this, best practices are often not followed. Grommets are not installed for long periods after operation begins and usually not until there is a desire to increase capacity or reduce operating costs. Designing and specifying grommets in the construction documents so they are installed during the initial construction, or expansion, of the data center helps to ensure the facility performs as intended from the moment the data center goes live so that PUE goals are met and operating costs are minimized.

Member Content - January 06, 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
Cooling Capacity Factor

The average computer room today has cooling capacity that is nearly four times the IT heat load. Using Data from 45 sites reviewed by Upsite Technologies, this white paper will show how you can calculate, benchmark, interpret, and benefit from a simple and practical metric called the Cooling Capacity Factor.

Member Content - November 26, 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
The Green Grid Connection August 2012
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: Executive Director Search, The Green Grid China Work Group Leaders, Technical Committee Leadership Updates, and the Jay Taylor Participant Feature.

- August 23, 2012 Comment now
New Member Orientation Webcast
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This webcast will help new members get up-to-speed on TGG activities, determine where and how they can participate, and answer most general questions new members have.

General - August 14, 2012 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection July 2012
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: TGG Welcomes CSCI, China Face-to-Face Meeting, the Henry Wong Participant Feature, and the Eaton Company Feature.

- July 19, 2012 Comment now
Understanding IT Reliability & Energy Consumption: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This webcast expolre 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 webcast will seek to address misconceptions related to the application of higher operating temperatures in data center environments. 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 - July 18, 2012 Comment now
ENERGY STAR® for Data Center Storage Version 1.0 Draft 3: Feedback and Recommendations (July 2012)
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

The Green Grid Association, a consortium of industry-leading companies, welcomes the opportunity to comment on an draft documents and topics under consideration for the ENERGY STAR for Data Center Storage specification.

General - July 01, 2012 Comment now
Comparison of Facility Reliability Levels: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

During the Comparison of Facility Reliability Levels webcast, leaders from The Green Grid's Power Sub Work Group, provided a qualitative overview comparison of AC and DC power reliability architectures using industry best practices performance feature design guidelines.

General - June 28, 2012 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection June 2012
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: The Green Grid Forum Japan, Comparison of Facility Reliability Levels Webcast, Dell Company Feature, and the David Snelling Participant Feature.

- June 21, 2012 Comment now
ENERGY STAR® for Computer Servers Version 2.0 Draft 2 Feedback and Recommendations
*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 - June 01, 2012 Comment now
Electronics Disposal Efficiency: An IT Recycling Metric for Enterprises and Data Centers
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This webcast presented an overview of the newly proposed Electronics Disposal Efficiency (EDE) metric, which is designed to help increase industry awareness regarding the responsible disposal of IT assets. By providing a simple, easy to use metric, The Green Grid believes that organizations will be able to measure themselves and set goals to improve how they dispose of IT assets. The EDE metric complements the Data Center Maturity Model, which contains clear goals and direction for improving energy efficiency and sustainability throughout a data center.

General - May 30, 2012 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection May 2012
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: Technical Committee Leadership Update, ITRM Webcast, GE Company Feature, and the Pam Lembke Participant Feature.

- May 17, 2012 Comment now
Data Center Life Cycle Assessment Guidelines: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
*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 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 - April 26, 2012 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection April 2012
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: New Membership and Participation Opportunities, DCLA Webcast, Zeydy Ortiz Key Contributor Award, and the Mark Aggar Participant Feature.

- April 19, 2012 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection March 2012
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: New 2012 Forum Releases, DCMM Academy Course, 2011 Key Contributor Awards, and the Jim Woodbury Participant Feature.

- March 22, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum Current Barriers to Global Harmonization of Resource Efficient IT Initiatives
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This panel will address the various works being developed by international governments, standards organizations, and other institutions that are focused on the environmental impact of data centers, as well as driving the IT industry towards improved sustainability. Is it possible to harmonize the regulations on a global scale? Can we move beyond the current barriers of local energy policies and legal frameworks? These and other questions will be answered as participants from North America, Europe, and Asia review the current barriers to the global harmonization of resource efficient IT initiatives.

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum Data Center Design Guide
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

The first revision of the Data Center Design Guide has been published and defines a roadmap of capabilities for data center energy efficiency, including a path to realize holistic, policy based data center management. This session will provide an overview of the document and outline key concepts from the guide for data center equipment, management software, and interfaces.

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum Data Center Life Cycle Analysis
*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 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 07, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum - Data Centers and the Smart Grid The Positive Sum Engagement
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

As the data-driven economy drives the growth of data centers worldwide, we are facing unprecedented challenges of improving energy efficiency in data centers. Motivated by the very same drivers that are propelling the Smart Grid worldwide, the data center industry is going through a path breaking global transformation. Issues like reliability, cost of energy, green-house gases etc., have created an urgent need to look at data centers as an energy sink rather than purely a load, providing for interesting possibilities in the future. Looking at data centers as an "End Node" of the Smart Grid, this session will highlight the current trends in terms of opportunities, stakeholders, standards and barriers that are unique to increasing data center efficiencies. It will also provide representative examples and present considerations and recommendations in support of the establishment of sustainable data center initiatives globally. Interaction between the utility, as well as data centers and the impact of renewables and storage will also be addressed.

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2012 Forum eBay Case Study
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This session will provide an overview of the case study conducted by eBay as they implemented a metric-based approach to drive the design and construction of a new high efficiency data center. When eBay experienced the perfect storm of consolidation and growing demand for data center space in 2010, it took a holistic, end-to-end view of the space it was using, the servers it was deploying, and how its data centers were designed and operated. The approach that eBay followed sets an example of the benefits that can be achieved by utilizing The Green Grid’s Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric and by implementing the lessons of The Green Grid’s Data Center Maturity Model.

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2012 Forum Energy Policy and Implications for Data Centers in EMEA
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Energy security, energy prices and climate change have dramatically risen up the policy agenda, resulting in a comprehensive policy framework in many countries. The white paper “Energy Policy Research Policy Research and Implications for Data Centres in EMEA”, which was recently released by The Green Grid, takes a close look at existing and emerging international, EU-wide, and national sustainable energy policies in 12 EMEA countries which affect the build and operations of data centers. This session will present an overview of this research, focusing on:
• Regulatory obligations placed upon data centers operating in the country,
• Voluntary mechanisms within the country, with the impacts on reputation,
• Financial incentives available which target investment in low carbon technologies and practices, and
• Financial costs associated with energy and carbon which increase cost to users.

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2012 Forum European Projects on Sustainability in Data Centers and Business Computing Ecosystems
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This presentation will address the different initiatives being taken at the European level by the European Commission and the European standardization organizations (ESOs) to reduce energy consumption and capture gas emissions for the ICT industry, and more specifically for data centers. This session will explain the challenges that have to be faced in Europe, the relationship between European directives and local country bills resulting in the "stick and the carrot" approach.

Within the frame of the Kyoto protocol, the “carrot” is used by institutions such as the JRC of the E.U. and the Code of Conduct with the goal to create mind share and drive stakeholders towards more efficient data centers. The “stick” will be more than likely used in a longer term basis by the E.C. parliament and DGs by the means of directives and carbon taxes that will force the data center industry to cut energy consumption and gas emissions.

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2012 Forum Evaluation of Eco Mode for UPSs
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Implementing a UPS’s “eco-mode” is a recommendation in the Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM) to improve data center efficiency and lower PUE. The energy efficiency gain and economic benefits of UPS eco-mode are provided, along with updates to the power distribution system efficiency (TGG WP#16).

This presentation explores in detail the application considerations for UPS eco-mode performance along with recommendations for other power distribution equipment (i.e. static switches) needed to ensure reliable power system.

The deployment of UPS eco-mode also requires an understanding of the power quality requirements of modern IT power supplies in servers, network, and storage equipment. This presentation provides updates on the latest voltage requirements for IT power supplies. Knowledge of the utility grid power quality is important to optimize UPS eco-mode operation and suggestions are provided for evaluating utility power quality.

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2012 Forum Japan 3-11 Disaster Impact and Data Center Action Analysis
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This session will present an overview of the March 11, 2011 disaster in Japan including the damage caused by the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear power plant shutdown which had severe implications on the Japanese power grid and data centers. The session will explain how data center managers in Japan responded to the power load peak and grid power shortage in the summer of 2011 with fast and innovative ways to improve energy efficiency. In addition, the session will feature a discussion on the future direction of data center management in Japan from an energy efficiency enhancement point of view.

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2012 Forum Keynote A Brief History of the Future of Information Factories or What Has Your Data Center Done For You Lately
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This session presents a wide-ranging view of the impact that data centers are just beginning to have on society and business. Covering eons of information development in one hour, this session will identify key trends that will impact data centers, as well as discuss the reasons why data center mavericks must help rewrite the laws of economics with solutions that are business-wise and future-driven.

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2012 Forum Open Compute Project
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Facebook has completed the first phase of construction of a custom data center in Prineville, OR, and is currently constructing greenfield sites in Forest City, NC, and Lulea, Sweden. Previously, Facebook leased data center capacity, as is typical for internet startups. As demand continued to grow, it was clear that Facebook would reach a scale where design and construction of a customized site would be beneficial. Control of the application, the server configurations, and the data center design would allow for customization beyond what is typical industry practice. During the session, the following Open Compute Project technologies and topics will be discussed:
• Localized UPS
• Patent Pending Electrical Design
• Highly Efficient Evaporative Cooling System
• Elimination of Chillers and Ductwork
• Lessons Learned at Prineville and Forest City
• Future Design Considerations

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2012 Forum Plotting a Path to Sustainability withThe Green Grids Data Center Maturity Model and AssessmentTool
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This session will present the future of the Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM) and the newly created assessment tool. The tool allows you to assess your data center and IT portfolio against the DCMM, access your personal DCMM equalizer, and obtain benchmarking results – see how you are doing against the industry and similar types of data centers. The DCMM 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.

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2012ForumRadicalDataCenterEfficiencyTheCriticalRoleofSoftwareandIncentives
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We don’t build data centers just because we want a cold place to store servers. We build them because we need a secure and reliable place to run and store applications and data. Unfortunately, the impact of applications and developers on energy efficiency in the data center is rarely discussed, even though increasing the utilization of the IT equipment from its typically low levels offers the biggest opportunity to improve the energy productivity of a data center. This panel of IT experts will discuss the emerging role of applications and developers in data center energy efficiency efforts. How can better designed and instrumented applications improve server utilization? What policies, incentives, and technologies are needed to motivate developers to create applications that are both reliable and efficient? What’s the role of private and public clouds, and what are some of the longer term opportunities that, with the help of developers, can make data centers more energy efficient, more productive, and friendlier to the environment than ever before?

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2012 Forum Survey Results Energy Efficiency of Japanese Data Centers Japanese Data Centers How TheyKeptRunningEvenAfterTheEarthquake
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Survey Results: Energy Efficiency of Japanese Data Centers During this session, The Green IT Promotion Council (GPIC) will review the results of the 2012 and 2011 survey on Energy Efficiency of Japanese Data Centers conducted by The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan. The survey included data centers in Singapore and Vietnam, and measured not only energy efficiency in facilities, but also energy productivity of IT equipment in data centers. As a result of collaboration with The Green Grid, GPIC has developed a holistic approach to viewing energy efficiency in data centers.

Japanese Data Centers: How they kept running even after the earthquake Although the March 2011 earthquakes struck a wide area of eastern Japan, data centers and its related industry showed impressive continuity of operations and business. This session will explain the real events seen and experienced by the actual data center business operator, sharing lessons learned, while introducing unique anti-disaster technology developed and adopted by Japanese data center operators. The remainder of the session will focus on the opportunities and potential of Japanese data centers in terms of its market status with energy efficient-technology widely used in Japanese data centers. In addition, some Japan Data Center Council (JDCC) activities example (sub working group) will be presented.

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2012 Forum The Business Value of PUE and Beyond
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Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) has been a rallying point for improving data center infrastructure efficiency. This session will feature panelists from companies that have translated PUE measurements into business value. Each panelist will discuss PUE results obtained and the business value derived from those results.

In addition, many companies have extended resource efficiency innovation beyond PUE measurements. Panelists who have helped shape innovation around data center efficiency will discuss specific steps taken by their organizations and how those results contributed to their bottom-line.

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2012 Forum The Green Grid at the Forefront of Resource Efficient IT
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In this session, The President and Chairman of the Board will take a deeper look at the key drivers which are propelling the demand for greater resource efficient IT. He will discuss how The Green Grid through its own efforts and collaboration with Liaison organizations globally is meeting the challenge and charting the direction for even greater improvement in years to come.

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2012 Forum Using CUE and WUE to Improve Operations in Your Data Center
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In the beginning there was PUE, now, as the range of metrics is expanding, we will look at CUE and WUE. These two new metrics, modeled after the successful PUE metric, will be reviewed in the context of how to improve your data center operations. A brief background review of metric development and definition will be followed by detailed discussions of how CUE and WUE can be used in all aspects of the data center life-cycle. The benefits and advantages to beginning their use now will be discussed, particularly in light of the growing awareness of the need for sustainable data center operations.

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White Paper 46 - Updated Air-Side Free Cooling Maps: The Impact of ASHRAE 2011 Allowable Ranges
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In May 2011, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) published updated guidelines for the “Recommended” and “Allowable” temperature and humidity of data centers. The new specification created two new classifications of data centers and expanded the range of Allowable environmental conditions in order to encourage energy efficiency practices like air-side economization. The Green Grid published Free Cooling maps in 2009 based on the ASHRAE 2008 Recommended ranges for temperature and humidity. Now, with the wider Allowable ranges, new maps showing the expanded potential for free cooling are needed to encourage design teams to incorporate these energy saving techniques.

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Case Study #4 - Energy Efficiency Measures In Japan: Case Studies
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This white paper aims to help domestic data centers improve their energy efficiency activities by providing case studies about successful energy efficiency projects throughout Japan. These case studies take into account situations such as geography, regulations, culture, and operating management standards.

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2012 Forum - ASHRAE Class Changes Expand the Use of Chillerless Data Centers
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In 2004, ASHRAE published the first vendor neutral temperature standards, which established a recommended range of 68 to 77 °F (20 to 25 °C) and indicated that the temperatures were to be measured at the IT equipment air inlet. Prior to that, the air temperatures were more based on anecdotal knowledge and worst case scenario (often 68 °F, 20 °C). It is hard to believe that the recommended air temperature range has widened from 64 to 81 °F (18 to 27 °C) in less than 10 years. Further, there are allowable ranges that go as wide as 41 to 113 °F (5 to 45 °C). There are also radical changes in the humidity ranges.

The net result is a wide range of opportunities throughout the world for more economical and reliable cooling solutions, including compressor-less cooling. ASHRAE has also created water temperature classes for liquid cooled equipment. This presentation provides critical insight into these groundbreaking environmental class changes and some critical aspects of the associated decisions.

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2012 Forum - CIM Profiles for Power and Cooling - TGG/DMTF/Ecma Collaboration
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This collaborative session will highlight and discuss the work that has been negotiated and outlined between The Green Grid, DMTF, and Ecma. The outputs of this work are the CIM Profiles for power and cooling to support The Green Grid management infrastructure initiative.

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2012 Forum - Comparison of ACvDC Facility Reliability Levels
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Availability is a key design criterion for data centers. The tier levels introduced by the Uptime Institute represent industry typical system configurations (N, N+1, N+N, etc.). The tiers convey mental images of comparative power system architecture availability and their relative reliability, maintainability, and efficiency levels for AC powered data centers. Standards organizations such as TIA and BICSI have also adopted the notion of availability levels to convey basic design configuration feature sets of AC powered data centers. With the growing interest in DC power solutions for data centers, obvious questions are being asked about similar availability level configurations for direct current power configurations. This presentation will offer a qualitative overview comparison of AC and DC power reliability architectures using industry best practices performance feature design guidelines.

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2012 Forum: Data Center 2025
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The IT industry is undergoing a transformation the like of which we have not seen since the introduction of distributed computing and personal computers. The evolution of cloud computing, the expanding influence of social networking, the conversion to a modernized electric grid, and the introduction of big data into new disciplines are fundamentally changing the delivery models, business models, and operational models for IT services. Meanwhile, the world around us is changing at an unprecedented pace - from global economic turmoil, to climate change, to socio-political unrest, to natural resource depletion. How might this play out in the corporate computing ecosystem? What will the equivalent of the data center look like in 2025? This panel will share their thoughts on how jobs, technology, and industry will change over the next 10-12 years.

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2012 Forum - Data Center Storage Efficiency Metric
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The Green Grid is creating a set of metrics to allow all facets of data center efficiency to be measured. This started with power and cooling efficiency through the use of Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and has since moved into looking at individual components within IT devices used in the data center. The first of these was Data Center Compute Efficiency (DCcE), which shows the efficiency of the use of compute resources in the data center.

This session expands on that vision with the next set of metrics – Data Center Storage Efficiency (DCsE) – which are designed to help data center operators determine the energy efficiency of their storage resources and identify inefficiencies. Using the DCsE metrics, data center operators can continually refine and increase the energy efficiency of their storage resources in the same way that they use PUE to improve data center infrastructure energy efficiency. This session will cover how you can measure DCsE metrics and utilize that information to drive storage strategy that increases the energy efficiency of your data centers over time.

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2012 Forum - Deploying and Using Containerized Modular Data Center Facilities
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Over the past several years, the data center facilities industry has begun a significant transformation. In this transformation, traditional perceptions of data center facilities as multi-year, site-constructed, low-density buildings are shifting toward viewing them as conceived and constructed from a modular, flexible, and certainly more rapidly deployable set of solutions. Within this latter view are solutions that include not only containerized platforms, but also modular, pre-engineered, and prefabricated building blocks. When deployed and integrated with the required mechanical, electrical, and related services, these building blocks come together and enable the end user to realize a complete data center facility, which can be rapidly deployed, achieve lower operating and capital costs, and be equipped with higher density and energy-savings targets. This session will discuss how Containerized/Modular Data Center Facilities architecture has become an increasingly viable and robust alternative when considering a data center build, with multiple implementation approaches from various suppliers in the industry.

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2012 Forum - Electronics Disposal Efficiency: An IT Recycling Metric for Enterprises and Data Centers
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This session will present an overview of the newly proposed Electronics Disposal Efficiency (EDE) metric, which is designed to help increase industry awareness regarding the responsible disposal of IT assets. By providing a simple, easy to use metric, The Green Grid believes that organizations will be able to measure themselves and set goals to improve how they dispose of IT assets. The EDE metric complements the Data Center Maturity Model, which contains clear goals and direction for improving energy efficiency and sustainability throughout a data center.

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2012 Forum - Free Cooling Maps and Economizer Survey Results
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The Green Grid Technology and Strategy Work Group actively pursues tools and information on energy saving technologies which will help operators run data centers more efficiently. This session will include discussions on the free cooling maps and economizers, the synergy between them, as well as review the latest ASHRAE thermal guideline updates, and the results of The Green Grid’s latest survey on economizer use. Recommendations for the future will be shared on how to further improve efficiencies using the latest tools and data set from The Green Grid.

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2012ForumKeyContributorAwardCeremony
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During this ceremony, The Green Grid will recognize the 2011 recipients of The Green Grid Key Contributor Award. In addition, current and former members of the Board of Directors and Advisory Council will be acknowledged for their contributions as the organization celebrates its 5th anniversary!

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2012 Forum Keynote - Joules of Available Energy The Role of IT for a New Global Currency
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Continued population growth, coupled with increased per capita consumption of natural resources will require a holistic perspective in addressing sustainability. As environmental risks increase, and regulatory schemes that seek to address many of the externalities are imposed, consumers and producers will be forced to internalize the environmental costs associated with their consumption and production. Historically, many businesses have assumed a reactive stance towards environmental concerns, mitigating impacts as a secondary concern to their underlying operating model. However, moving forward, those businesses which assume a proactive stance in anticipating, internalizing, and mitigating future risks will increasingly obtain a differentiable advantage.

The necessary transformation for a business and society can be delivered by a sustainable IT ecosystem that enables advanced measurement, communication, and computation for improved management of resources at the enterprise and city scales. However, such a transformation necessitates addressing sustainability with a holistic supply and demand side perspective. The supply side perspective necessitates using local resources of available energy, exploiting availability in waste streams and performing design and management that minimizes the available energy required to extract, manufacture, mitigate waste, transport, operate and reclaim components. The demand side perspective requires provisioning resources based on the needs of the user by using flexible building blocks, pervasive sensing, communications, knowledge discovery, and policy based control.

This session will apply the supply-demand perspective to show how we can drive data centers towards “net zero”, and apply them to scale out services that can enable management of resources at broader campus and city scales. The call to action, given the exciting opportunity to apply sustainable IT in the broader cyber-physical space, is to take the lead in developing a holistic metric and in building a global multidisciplinary workforce to tackle these large-scale challenges.

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2012 Forum - Measuring Data Center Energy Productivity Through Productivity Proxies
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The Green Grid introduced the Data Center Energy Productivity (DCeP) metric to track the overall work product of a data center per unit of energy used to produce that work. Since DCeP can be difficult to implement, we proposed eight productivity proxies that would be used as simple indicators of productivity. Last year, The Green Grid performed a validation study at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to evaluate the ease of use and accuracy of the proxies. This session will present the results of the validation study, examine measuring productivity in the context of the DCMM, and discuss future direction.

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2012 Forum - Server Power Management 101 and Beyond
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Following its study on the adoption of Server Power Management, The Green Grid concluded that greater industry awareness and education would help speed use of these technologies. Accordingly, TGG initiated an effort in 2011 to create an online TGG Academy module called “Server Power Management 101”. This module is now complete and it’s time for TGG’s community to help answer the question: “What’s next?”

This panel discussion will briefly review the findings of the original study and introduce the audience to the new module. It will then engage the audience in a discussion of future activities. What is the opportunity for Server Power Management in the data center? Should The Green Grid consider the development of a more prescriptive module: “Server Power Management 201”? Are there other deliverables that would better accelerate the use of these technologies?

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2012 Forum - Sparks Fly! The Real Story About HVDC and Data Centers
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Interest in High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) power in data centers has gone up and down over the years. With the Electric Power Research Institute's (EPRI) report released in 2011 on the efficiency gains to be made with DC power distribution, the question on some end users' minds is, "How ready is the rest of the industry for HVDC?" This panel will include members of the system and facilities vendor community, researchers, and end users who will look at the state of the art in HVDC in terms of the latest research results, practical applications, and pitfalls of AC and DC power systems in the data center. The panel will also address attendee questions in this interesting topic area.

General - March 06, 2012