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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
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

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

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

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

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

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;3;LEED Silver certification for their Toronto_DC3 data center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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®

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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)

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum eBay Case Study

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.

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum Energy Policy and Implications for Data Centers in EMEA

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.

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum European Projects on Sustainability in Data Centers and Business Computing Ecosystems

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.

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum Evaluation of Eco Mode for UPSs

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.

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum Japan 3-11 Disaster Impact and Data Center Action Analysis

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.

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum Keynote A Brief History of the Future of Information Factories or What Has Your Data Center Done For You Lately

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.

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum Open Compute Project

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

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum Plotting a Path to Sustainability withThe Green Grids Data Center Maturity Model and AssessmentTool

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.

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
2012ForumRadicalDataCenterEfficiencyTheCriticalRoleofSoftwareandIncentives

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?

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum Survey Results Energy Efficiency of Japanese Data Centers Japanese Data Centers How TheyKeptRunningEvenAfterTheEarthquake

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.

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum The Business Value of PUE and Beyond

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.

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum The Green Grid at the Forefront of Resource Efficient IT

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.

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum Using CUE and WUE to Improve Operations in Your Data Center

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.

General - March 07, 2012 Comment now
White Paper 46 - Updated Air-Side Free Cooling Maps: The Impact of ASHRAE 2011 Allowable Ranges

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.

Technology & Strategy - March 06, 2012 Comment now
Case Study #4 - Energy Efficiency Measures In Japan: Case Studies

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.

Operations - March 06, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum - ASHRAE Class Changes Expand the Use of Chillerless Data Centers
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

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.

General - March 06, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum - CIM Profiles for Power and Cooling - TGG/DMTF/Ecma Collaboration
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

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.

General - March 06, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum - Comparison of ACvDC Facility Reliability Levels
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

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.

General - March 06, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum: Data Center 2025

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.

General - March 06, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum - Data Center Storage Efficiency Metric
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

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.

General - March 06, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum - Deploying and Using Containerized Modular Data Center Facilities
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

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.

General - March 06, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum - Electronics Disposal Efficiency: An IT Recycling Metric for Enterprises and Data Centers
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

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.

General - March 06, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum - Free Cooling Maps and Economizer Survey Results
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

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.

General - March 06, 2012 Comment now
2012ForumKeyContributorAwardCeremony

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!

General - March 06, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum Keynote - Joules of Available Energy The Role of IT for a New Global Currency
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

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.

General - March 06, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum - Measuring Data Center Energy Productivity Through Productivity Proxies
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

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.

General - March 06, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum - Server Power Management 101 and Beyond
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

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?

General - March 06, 2012 Comment now
2012 Forum - Sparks Fly! The Real Story About HVDC and Data Centers
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

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 Comment now
2012ForumStateofTheGreenGridandMembersMeeting

Happy Birthday! The Green Grid has had a record year marking its 5th anniversary! In this session, the President and Chairman of the Board will be joined by the Executive Director to recap The Green Grid’s key milestones and discuss how the organization’s "global community of collaboration" continues to meet and in many cases outpace the demands for resource efficient IT.

General - March 06, 2012 Comment now
2012 - Forum The Green Grid at the Forefront of Resource Efficient IT
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

One year ago, The Green Grid expanded its mission to become the global authority on resource efficient data centers and business computing ecosystems. In recognition of accelerating demands, self-improvement opportunities, and the increased attention of governmental policy makers globally, the President and Chairman of the Board will offer a brief introduction as to how The Green Grid is delivering upon the key principles of this commitment, such as how to address the business case and the environmental sustainability benefits that resource efficient IT provides all industries, and how The Green Grid continues driving forward.

General - March 06, 2012 Comment now
European Free Air Cooling High Res Map - ASHRAE Class A2
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This high resolution map shows free air cooling in Europe.

Technology & Strategy - March 06, 2012 Comment now
European Free Air Cooling High Res Map - ASHRAE Class A3
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This high resolution map shows free air cooling in Europe.

Technology & Strategy - March 06, 2012 Comment now
European Free Air Cooling Low Res Map - ASHRAE Class A2

This low resolution map shows free air cooling in Europe.

Technology & Strategy - March 06, 2012 Comment now
European Free Air Cooling Low Res Map - ASHRAE Class A3

This low resolution map shows free air cooling in Europe.

Technology & Strategy - March 06, 2012 Comment now
Japanese Free Air Cooling High Res Map - ASHRAE Class A2
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This high resolution map shows free air cooling in Japan.

Technology & Strategy - March 06, 2012 Comment now
Japanese Free Air Cooling High Res Map - ASHRAE Class A3
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This high resolution map shows free air cooling in Japan.

Technology & Strategy - March 06, 2012 Comment now
Japanese Free Air Cooling Low Res Map - ASHRAE Class A2

This low resolution map shows free air cooling in Japan.

Technology & Strategy - March 06, 2012 Comment now
Japanese Free Air Cooling Low Res Map - ASHRAE Class A3

This low resolution map shows free air cooling in Japan.

Technology & Strategy - March 06, 2012 Comment now
North American Free Air Cooling High Res Map - ASHRAE Class A2
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This high resolution map shows free air cooling in North America.

Technology & Strategy - March 06, 2012 Comment now
North American Free Air Cooling High Res Map - ASHRAE Class A3
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This high resolution map shows free air cooling in North America.

Technology & Strategy - March 06, 2012 Comment now
North American Free Air Cooling Low Res Map - ASHRAE Class A2

This low resolution map shows free air cooling in North America.

Technology & Strategy - March 06, 2012 Comment now
North American Free Air Cooling Low Res Map - ASHRAE Class A3

This low resolution map shows free air cooling in North America.

Technology & Strategy - March 06, 2012 Comment now
Case Study #3 - Breaking New Ground on Data Center Efficiency

This case study examines how eBay’s “Project Mercury” used PUE, TCO and DCMM best practices to drive the end-to-end data center ecosystem.

Operations - February 27, 2012 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection February 2012
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: New Membership Opportunities, Forum 2012 Sneak Peek Videos, the eBay Company Feature, and the Eric Brown Participant Feature.

- February 23, 2012 Comment now
Productivity Proxies, Economizer Survey, and Forum 2012: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

The Productivity Proxies, Economizer Survey, and Forum 2012 webcast presented a preview of what attendees can expect at The Green Grid Forum 2012, specifically highlighting the Measuring Data Center Energy Productivity through Productivity Proxies and Economizer Survey Results sessions.

General - February 09, 2012 Comment now
WP#44 - Energy Policy Research and Implications For Data Centres In EMEA

Energy security, energy prices and climate change have dramatically risen up the policy agenda, resulting in a comprehensive policy framework in many countries. The growth of data centres, along with their energy intensity, means the industry will be particularly affected by legislation driving efficiency of design, build and operations — above and beyond the business impacts of increasing cost of energy and of carbon.

 This study summarises the key policy mechanisms affecting the data center industry across a selection of countries in EMEA, focusing on:

  • The regulatory obligations placed upon data centres operating in the country
  • The voluntary mechanisms within the country, with the impacts on reputation
  • The financial incentives targeting investment in low carbon technologies and practices
  • The financial costs associated with energy and carbon, aiming to incentivise action
Data Collection & Analysis - January 25, 2012 Comment now
WP#43 - Survey Results: Implementation of ASHRAE 2008 Environmental Guidelines in Japan
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

In September of 2010, The Green Grid Japan Technical Work Group conducted a survey pertaining to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) 2008 environmental guideline applications. Through the release of the survey results, The Green Grid aims to make this white paper a reference guide for data center best practice applications.

Data Collection & Analysis - January 25, 2012 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection January 2012
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: Upcoming TGG Events, The DCMM Assessment Tool and Webcast, the Winston Saunders Forum 2012 Sneak Peek Video, and The Green Grid’s 5th Anniversary.

- January 19, 2012 Comment now
Data Center Maturity Model Assessment Tool: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

The Data Center Maturity Model Assessment Tool webcast presented the future of DCMM and the newly created assessment tool. The tool allows you to assess your data centre and IT portfolio against the DCMM, get access to your personal DCMM equalizer, and obtain benchmarking results.

DCMM outlines capability descriptors by area such that users can benchmark their current performance, determine their levels of maturity, and identify the ongoing steps and innovations necessary to achieve greater energy efficiency and sustainability, both today and into the future. The maturity model touches upon every aspect of the data center including power, cooling, compute, storage and network.

General - January 12, 2012 Comment now
Data Center Maturity Model Assessment Tool

The Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM) touches upon every aspect of the data center including power, cooling, compute, storage, and networking. In addition, the levels of the model outline current best practices and a 5-year roadmap for the industry. You and your colleagues can use the new tool to assess your data center and IT portfolio against the DCMM, get access to your personal DCMM equalizer, and obtain benchmarking results.*

*Time to complete assessment: 20-30 mins for summary level, 60 minutes for those unfamiliar with DCMM.

General - January 11, 2012 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection: December 2011
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights Include: The New Member Content Page, Early Bird Registration for The Green Grid Forum 2012, The Data Center Maturity Model Video, and the Containerized / Modular Data Centers Webcast.

- December 19, 2011 Comment now
Climate Savers White Paper - Energy Efficiency Guide for Networking Devices

This Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) white paper is an acquired asset of The Green Grid. The paper focuses on evaluating and comparing the energy efficiency of network devices for purposes of both procurement and network design.

General - December 13, 2011 Comment now
Deploying and Using Containerized/Modular Data Center Facilities: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

During the Deploying and Using Containerized/Modular Data Center Facilities webcast, Program Manager for Cisco Containerized Data Center services, Christopher Kelley, provided an analysis on where and when containers make sense, including discussions on pros and cons of using containers, explorations on efficiency, cost tradeoffs, and how PUE™ should be measured.

General - December 06, 2011 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection: November 2011
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights Include: New Containerized Data Center White Paper, TGG ODCA Alliance, Technical Committee Leadership Opportunities, and the Rona Newmark Participant Feature.

- November 18, 2011 Comment now
WP#42 - Deploying and Using Containerized Modular Data Center Facilities

The rapidly maturing containerized and/modular data center facility (CMDF) platforms offered within the industry today can enable organizations to realize significant and demonstrated technical and business value when properly applied. This value comes from the repeatable, pre-engineered, prefabricated, and quality-assured set of building blocks that together bring online the necessary amount of IT capacity.


Technology & Strategy - November 15, 2011 Comment now
The Green Grid Member Participation Webcasts
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

The Green Grid Member Participation webcasts provide an exclusive overview of how Member company employees can get more involved and take advantage of their membership.

General - November 10, 2011 Comment now
Climate Savers White Paper - Power Management for Networking Devices

This Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) white paper is an acquired asset of The Green Grid. The paper addresses device power management and control. Specficially, it describes the importance of monitoring the power and performance characteristics of networking devices and communicating device-level information to network management systems.

General - November 01, 2011 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection October 2011
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: The release of the "Survey Results: Data Center Economizer Use" white paper, the Deploying and Using Containerized / Modular Data Center Facilities webcast, and the Corban Lester participant feature.

- October 27, 2011 Comment now
Utilizing the Energy Checker SDK: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

During the Utilizing the Energy Checker SDK webcast, Jamel Tayeb, Sr. Applications Engineer at Intel Corporation, provided an overview of the goals of the Energy Checker SDK, how to use the Energy Checker SDK to measure data center productivity (productive work vs. power), and how it relates to The Green Grid Data Center Design Guide.

General - October 20, 2011 Comment now
Data Centre Implications Post Japan Earthquake/Tsunami - 2011 EMEA Tech Forum
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Following the natural disaster in Japan on 11 March 2011, the country’s nuclear power issues and entire electrical power scheme were changed. For data centres, many tools and methods recommended by The Green Grid were put into practice and the reduced power consumption by data centres provided good results. This session discussed the future of the power scheme in Japan, and the efforts in progress by the data centre owners and operators.

General - October 13, 2011 Comment now
Data Centre Life Cycle Analysis - 2011 EMEA Tech Forum
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This session presented the work of the Data Centre Life Cycle Analysis Task Force. The objective of the data centre life cycle analysis study is not to provide numbers, but to first present a formal framework based on international standards to conduct data centre life cycle analysis, then to identify existing studies dealing with environmental aspects of data centres or components of data centres and finally to make a proposal for future studies to get as close as possible to a complete data centre life cycle analysis.

Data Collection & Analysis - October 13, 2011 Comment now
Data Centre Maturity Model and Assessment Tool - 2011 EMEA Tech Forum

This session presented the future of The Green Grid’s Data Centre Maturity Model (DCMM) and the newly created assessment tool. The tool allows you to assess your data centre and IT portfolio against the DCMM, get access to your personal DCMM equalizer, and obtain benchmarking results. The DCMM touches upon every aspect of the data centre including power, cooling, compute, storage, and network. The levels of the model outline current best practices and a five year roadmap for the industry.

Technology & Strategy - October 13, 2011 Comment now
EMEA Work Groups: Activities Update - 2011 EMEA Tech Forum
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

In this session, Harqs Singh, André Rouyer and David Snelling highlighted the progress that the EMEA Work Groups and Committees have made in the past year, reviewed current projects, and offered a preview of future activities.

General - October 13, 2011 Comment now
Industry/Government Collaboration and TGG BCS Glossary - 2011 EMEA Tech Forum

The session addressed the current status on the liaisons that The Green Grid has developed in EMEA and the corresponding works in progress. It particularly focused on the new initiatives being taken by the European Commission as far as capturing carbon emissions and measuring energy efficiency in the ICT world in which the data centre industry and The Green Grid are playing a major role. This session also included a discussion on a new glossary wiki of common terms for the data centre industry. This glossary was created in order to establish common terminology for data centres.

General - October 13, 2011 Comment now
ROI of Cooling Energy Efficiency Upgrades - 2011 EMEA Tech Forum

In September of 2009, The Green Grid and its Operations Work Group accepted the opportunity to study the impact of energy efficiency improvements in a member company’s data centre. The purpose of the study is to provide operators with a set of The Green Grid endorsed improvement metrics and ROI models intended to assist data centre operators with building credible business cases for performing energy efficiency improvements.

Operations - October 13, 2011 Comment now
The Effect of Data Centre Environment on IT Reliability & Energy Consumption - 2011 EMEA Tech Forum

Raising the data centre operating temperature increases the number of hours and days a year that economizers can be used, reducing operating costs. Though what effect does this have on the reliability and energy consumption of the IT equipment itself? This session looked at the scope for increasing inlet temperatures, the effect on IT equipment, and what ASHRAE has to say on the subject.

Technology & Strategy - October 13, 2011 Comment now
The Green Grid Overview - 2011 EMEA Tech Forum

This session offered an overview of The Green Grid, reviewed the accomplishments of the last year, and addressed the expanded mission and new directions that The Green Grid unveiled at the 2011 US Technical Forum. Executive Director Mark Monroe covered the past, looked to the future, and answered questions from attendees.

All - October 13, 2011 Comment now
WP#41-Survey Results: Data Center Economizer Use

Economizers represent an effective means of increasing energy efficiency and reducing costs in data centers, and TGG expects this survey’s findings to spur further economizer research, education, and adoption efforts. This white paper highlights some of the most interesting results from TGG’s survey.

Data Collection & Analysis - October 10, 2011 Comment now
ASHRAE Temperature and Humidity Environmental Guidelines/Recommendations: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

During the ASHRAE Temperature and Humidity Environmental Guidelines/Recommendations webcast Dr. Michael K. Patterson, TGG Technology and Strategy Work Group Chair and Senior Thermal Architect working in the Eco-Technology Program Office in the Digital Enterprise Group at Intel Corporation, discussed The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Technical Committee on Data Centers (TC 9.9) white paper on expanding the thermal design guidelines for data centers.

General - September 28, 2011 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection September 2011
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: Upcoming TGG Events, the Q2 Key Contributor Award, and the ASHRAE Temperature and Humidity Environmental Guidelines/Recommendations Webcast.

- September 15, 2011 Comment now
Banking on Fresh AirEco Data Centre New York
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Deutsche Bank Group presentation on "Banking on Fresh AirEco Data Centre New York"

- August 25, 2011 Comment now
Understanding And Engaging Utility Incentive Programs: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Corban Lester, TGG Utility Task Force Lead and Energy Conservation Incentive Developer for Lockheed Martin, presented this intriguing session exploring server virtualization through a utility lens. The Understanding and Engaging Utility Incentive Programs webcast offered an overview of elements common to most utility incentive programs. Following the webcast, attendees were able to better undersatnd of the pitfalls, challenges and opportunities that come with helping utilities help end users invest in efficiency.

General - August 24, 2011 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection August 2011
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: Upcoming TGG Events, the Special Seminar for DC Energy Efficiency, the Understanding and Engaging Utility Incentive Programs Webcast, and the André Rouyer participant feature.

- August 18, 2011 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection July 2011
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: The new TGG BCS Glossary, the release of the “Case studies of energy efficiency initiatives in Japanese data centers” white paper, Q2 Technical Committee Summit, and the Kat Milby participant feature.

- July 21, 2011 Comment now
Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE™) and Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE™) Sustainability Metrics: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

The Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE™) and Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE™) Sustainability Metrics are emerging as extremely important factors in the design, location, and operation of data centers today and in the future. To help TGG members understand the CUE and WUE Sustainability Metrics, The Green Grid presented an educational webcast led by Board member and the Metrics and Measurements Work Group Chair, Dan Azevedo of Symantec.

The webcast covered a range of issues related to the water and carbon sustainability aspects of data centers, including how to calculate and compare CUE and WUE, and how determine if any energy efficiency and/or sustainability improvements need to be made. 

- July 20, 2011 Comment now
The ROI of Cooling System Energy Efficiency Upgrades: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

The ROI of Cooling System Energy Efficiency Upgrades Case Study examines the impact of energy efficiency improvements in the data center.  To help TGG members understand the study, The Green Grid presented an educational webcast led by Operations Work Group member, Kerry Hazelrigg of The Walt Disney Company.

The webcast reviewed the effects on PUE™ and ROI of five types of energy efficiency initiatives in the data center - installing VSDs, upgrading CRAH units, implementing rack airflow management, moving the CRAH control from the return air temperature to the rack inlet, and increasing the temperature setpoints of the CRAH and chiller units.

General - June 21, 2011 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection June 2011
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: The release of the The ROI of Cooling System Energy Efficiency Upgrades white paper and webcast, the rechartered Marketing Committee, and the Mark Blackburn Participant feature

- June 17, 2011 Comment now
Case Study #2 - The ROI of Cooling System Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Data center managers and operators want to operate their facilities more efficiently, but struggle to justify the business return on various energy savings investments. They lack the capability to cite vendor independent studies that provide the relative importance and savings those changes provide. The Green Grid and a Green Grid member company (hereinafter referred to as MC) have evaluated a number of energy efficiency upgrades made by the MC within a production data center. The results of this study should help data center operators worldwide determine the return on investment (ROI) of specific investments and the relative value of each upgrade.

Operations - June 09, 2011 Comment now
Climate Savers White Paper - Power Management System Design Guide

This Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) white paper is an acquired asset of The Green Grid. The CSCI Power Management System Design Guide is a reference document on how to build energy-efficient, power-managed client platforms. Specifically, this guide presents guideliunes and recommendations to achieve Standby (S3) state reliability, while reducing Standby, Resume and Sleep latencies resulting in positive user experiences.

General - June 01, 2011 Comment now
Climate Savers White Paper - Considerations for Selecting Power Supplies for Networking Equipment and Evaluating Power Conversion Efficiency

This Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) white paper is an acquired asset of The Green Grid. The paper focuses on the unique usage considerations found in networking equipment, and the resulting complications that affect power supply unit selection as well as operational challenges associated with system demand requirements.

General - June 01, 2011 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection May 2011
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: Harry Handlin being named the new TC Vice-Chair, the upcoming ROI of Cooling System Energy Efficiency Upgrades webcast, open registration for the Japan Forum 2011, and the Zeydy Ortiz participant feature.

- May 19, 2011 Comment now
Recommendations For Measuring and Reporting Overall Data Center Efficiency Version 2 - Measuring PUE for Data Centers (May 2011)

The purpose of this document is to provide recommendations on measuring and publishing values for PUE at data centers. These recommendations represent the collective work of a task force representing 7x24 Exchange, ASHRAE, The Green Grid, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, U.S. Department of Energy Save Energy Now Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program, United States Green Building Council, and Uptime Institute.

Metrics & Measurements - May 17, 2011 Comment now
Data Center Maturity Model: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid

The Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM) provides a unique detailed framework for data center managers to benchmark the efficiency of their facilities and provides clear next steps they can take to achieve greater resource efficiency. To help TGG members understand the DCMM, The Green Grid presented an educational webcast led by Advisory Council member and the EMEA Technical Work Group Chair, Harkeeret (Harqs) Singh of Thomson Reuters.

The webcast covered a range of issues related to designing new data centers and identifying the ongoing steps and innovations required to achieve greater energy efficiency and sustainability improvements.

General - May 04, 2011 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection April 2011
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: TGG being nominated as a finalist for the Green IT Awards 2011, opportunities to promote your membership, the upcoming monthly webcast series, and Harqs Singh being names as the Q1 2011 Key Contributor Award recipient.

- April 22, 2011 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection March 2011
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: the change in the Technical Committee Chair and opening for Vice-Chair, open registration for the April TC Summit, recent white paper releases, and a call for member testimonials.

- March 28, 2011 Comment now
Corporate Social Responsibility and the Energy Efficient Data Center – Gimélec (2011 Technical Forum)

"To meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland 1987). This is the goal of sustainable development. France has developed several initiatives on this basis from the constitutional charter on the environment in March 2005 to the “Grenelle” laws voted in 2007 and 2010. The “Grenelle process” was totally new for French government and will strongly impact the French economy and business, beyond the strong breakthrough concerning the State organization and regulations.

Technology & Strategy - March 02, 2011 Comment now
Using CUE™ and WUE™ to Improve Operations in Your Data Center (2011 Technical Forum)

Recently The Green Grid announced the creation of two new metrics designed to help improve the sustainability of data center facilities by measuring the effectiveness of carbon and water use tied specifically to the IT energy infrastructure they contain. The new metrics, Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE™) and the Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE™), are joining The Green Grid’s widely-used Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric. All are designed to help IT, facilities, and sustainability organizations across the globe optimize their data centers. This will be a facilitated discussion among a panel of contributors who co-authored CUE and WUE and the audience. The panel and audience will have an interactive session where we explore the benefits and challenges of the new metrics.

Metrics & Measurements - March 02, 2011 Comment now
Data Center Efficiency Metrics - PUE™, Partial PUE, ERE, DCcE (2011 Technical Forum)

The Green Grid has released several metrics over the past few years targeting specific areas of data center energy efficiency. This session will be a panel of co-authors for the released metrics PUE, ERE, DCcE, and the soon to be released Partial PUE. The presenters will provide an introduction and current status to each metric and will reserve time for an interactive audience discussion.

Metrics & Measurements - March 02, 2011 Comment now
DC Pro IT Tool / DOE Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program: February 2011 Progress Report (2011 Technical Forum)

The U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkley National Labs created a training program for Data Center Practitioners to review first level energy efficiency assessments of their data centers. The Green Grid has created an Excel based assessment tool to be used as the IT module of the program. This presentation will cover the status of the tool and several of the key features. The second half of this session provides a brief overview and progress report on the DCEP program. The data center industry and DOE have partnered to develop a certificate process leading to energy practitioners qualified to evaluate the energy status and efficiency opportunities in data centers. The key objective is to raise the standards of those involved in energy assessments to accelerate energy savings in the dynamic and energy-intensive marketplace of data centers. The practitioners are trained to provide a consistent approach through system-level energy assessments. They have documented knowledge and skills including proficiency in the use of the DC Pro Software Tool Suite. Target groups for participating in the program include data center personnel (in-house expertise) and consulting professionals (for-fee consulting). After a number of pilot training events in 2010, the program will be offered world-wide in 2011.

General - March 02, 2011 Comment now
Determining The Implication Of Unused Servers and How They Can Be Addressed (2011 Technical Forum)

A recent survey conducted by The Green Grid revealed four-fifths of data center operators are not looking for unused servers as part of regular operations. Those who do, find on average 10% of their servers are running without being used. This session investigates the cost of wasteful servers and why ignoring them can put the ROI of virtualization at risk. Also explained are new approaches to monitoring servers, where power and usage measurements are combined with business value to shine a spotlight on a hidden problem within the data center.

Data Collection & Analysis - March 02, 2011 Comment now
EPA ENERGY STAR Rating Systems For Data Centers - Experience from the First Six Months (2011 Technical Forum)

For years you have heard of the impending release of the ENERGY STAR rating and label for data centers. This presentation will report on the first six months of use since the release of the rating in June 2010, and will also highlight opportunities for data center operators to leverage the value of the ENERGY STAR label and brand to benefit their operations. First, we’ll recap the history of the rating development. Next will be a review of use since its release, with highlights of the more than half-dozen data centers that have already earned the ENERGY STAR label. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the value of the ENERGY STAR label to data center operators, as well as the growing number of mandatory benchmarking laws that will impact data center operators.

General - March 02, 2011 Comment now
Global Harmonization of Data Center Efficiency Metrics (2011 Technical Forum)

This session will review the progress and current status specific to the Global Harmonization of Metrics effort. In 2009 The Green Grid in collaboration with organizations around the globe began driving toward a set of metrics and indices which can be formally adopted by all participant organizations to improve data center energy efficiency globally. Groups participating in this effort are the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the European Union Code of Conduct, Japan’s Green IT Promotion Council, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and various additional industry groups.

Metrics & Measurements - March 02, 2011 Comment now
Keynote by Robert D. Atkinson - Policy Makers are Focused on You, Not the Real Problem (2011 Technical Forum)

Regulators around the world are taking aim at IT in general, and data centers in particular, in their efforts to regulate reduced energy use and carbon emissions. But at the end of the day, we need more IT and innovation, not less. Rob Atkinson will discuss why policy makers should be concentrating on spurring digital transformation – incentivizing conversion of energy intensive atoms to energy savings bits and why spurring fundamental clean energy R&D, rather than regulating IT efficiency, is the surer path to the needed low carbon global economy.

General - March 02, 2011 Comment now
State of The Green Grid 2011 - Public Day (2011 Technical Forum)

As The Green Grid closes in on its fifth year, there is significant achievement, expansion, and change for the organization. This session reviews some of the accomplishments of the last year, and covers the annual user meeting requirements, but more importantly addresses the expanded mission and new directions that The Green Grid will pursue in the coming months. With input from the Advisory Council, the organization will unveil and examine the exciting new charter. Chair of the Board and President John Tuccillo and new Executive Director Mark Monroe will cover the past, look to the future, and answer questions from attendees.

General - March 02, 2011 Comment now
The Collision Course of Data Center Site Selection and Sustainability (2011 Technical Forum)

This presentation reviews the critical element considerations of site selection criteria for new construction and collocation hosting facilities. Additionally, it demonstrates the necessity to elevate the priority of sustainability as a new and critical element in site selection; proposes how the utilization of the current and future tools and metrics of The Green Grid can aid the owner/operator, consultant, and manufacturer in successfully choosing locations that can promote efficiency and sustainability; and invites participation into the development of these best practices and tools. 

 

General - March 02, 2011 Comment now
The Data Center Pulse Top Ten (2011 Technical Forum)

What are the latest issues, concerns, trends, and requests from data centers? Data Center Pulse, a non-profit group of thousands data center owners and operators spanning 66 countries, will be hosting their annual summit the day before The Green Grid Technical Forum in Santa Clara, CA. This working session will produce real time content to update the DCP Top Ten list. The Top 10 will be presented and discussed at The Green Grid forum as part of the collaboration agreement between Data Center Pulse and The Green Grid.

General - March 02, 2011 Comment now
The Latest On The Green Grid's Productivity Research (2011 Technical Forum)

The Green Grid defined the Data Center energy Productivity (DCeP) metric to quantify the useful work that a data center produces based on the amount of energy it consumes. This metric intends to allow data center operators the ability to optimize the energy used based on the current workload and to facilitate comparisons before and after actions are taken. The Green Grid proposed eight proxies that could be used to approximate DCeP and solicited industry feedback to determine the criteria to use to evaluate the proxies. In this session, the presenter will review the proposed proxies to measure productivity and present a preliminary assessment of the top five evaluation criteria. The session will also cover experimental validation of the proxies that The Green Grid is conducting to assess ease-of-use and accuracy.

Metrics & Measurements - March 02, 2011 Comment now
Understanding and Engaging Utility Incentive Programs (2011 Technical Forum)

Utility incentives can help bring Green IT within financial reach for savvy organizations who know how to leverage them, but finding and acquiring these funds can be confusing, time consuming, and even perilous. This session brings utility energy efficiency experts together with seasoned data center architects to share experiences, tips and tricks on getting the most support possible for IT energy efficiency investments, answering questions such as:
• How do I find out what incentives are available?
• How can I influence what utilities will fund?
• What is the best way to accelerate funding / sidestep bureaucracy / cut paperwork?

Operations - March 02, 2011 Comment now
Using the Data Center Design Guide to Improve the Efficiency of Your Data Centers (2011 Technical Forum)

The Data Center Design Guide (DCDG) outlines and identifies a new architectural approach to how we build and modernize data centers focusing on energy efficiency, and how to move forward towards a coordinated holistic, single pane, policy based management for the entire data center.  The DCDG has been drafted by a Work Group within the Technical Committee and is ready for wider Industry review and comment. During the next summer, comments and inputs will be incorporated to finalize the document. This session will cover the main tenants and objectives of the Design Guide, document outline, outstanding items still to be closed and how user can use the guide to define a capabilities roadmap for future data center builds and equipment purchase discussions and decisions.  The session will also provide an overview of the management infrastructure initiative within The Green Grid.  The overview includes objectives, strategies, key concepts, and directions relevant to the initiative. It also describes the technical specifications and similar collateral under development by The Green Grid, implications to adopters, and future expectations. This presentation covers both power and cooling domains.

Technology & Strategy - March 02, 2011 Comment now
Utilizing The SDK Energy Checker (2011 Technical Forum)

This session will cover the use of Intel’s Energy Checker SDK to instrument applications for productivity.  Content will include an overview of the goals of the Energy Checker SDK, how to use Energy Checker SDK to measure data center productivity (productive work vs. power), and the relationship to The Green Grid’s efforts of the Data Center Design Guide.            

General - March 02, 2011 Comment now
ANSI/ASHRAE 90.1 "Economization and You" (2011 Technical Forum)
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Historically data centers, considered process cooling, have been exempt from previous editions of the 90.1 Standard. However, with increasing data center energy consumption and focus on building efficiency this exempt status has been removed as of the 2010 edition. Economizers are among the more significant implications from loss of exempt status. Depending upon geographic location and size an economizer system may now be required for data center cooling solution. The standard recognizes two distinct methods of economization: air economizers and water economizers.

This work provides a high level summary of compliance paths for Section 6 “Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning,” along with various economizer requirements as they relate specifically to the data centers. Items to be covered include: exemptions, air economizer performance and water economizer performance. These mandates warrant careful consideration during: planning, design, building, and commissioning of new data centers or significant expansion of existing data centers.

Technology & Strategy - March 01, 2011 Comment now
ASHRAE 2008 Deployment Japan Survey and Japanese Case Studies on Data Center Efficiency (2011 Technical Forum)
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

During this session, the results and findings of the recently completed ASHRAE2008 Deployment status survey will be presented along with a recommendation for action. In the latter half of the session, the case studies of Fujitsu’s and Hitachi’s data center efficiency improvements will be discussed.

General - March 01, 2011 Comment now
A Target on Their Backs: ICT and the Economic Imperative of Energy Efficiency (2011 Technical Forum)

Observers of U.S. energy policy might think of energy efficiency as a useful tool to manage the growth of our nation’s energy consumption. They might also see it as a cost-effective means to ease our transition into a post-carbon world. And yes, the evidence does support both of these notions. But the U.S. economy now wastes 87 percent of the energy it uses, and regulators tend to focus their efforts on waste management, rather than on avoiding waste in the first place. There is an emerging body of evidence which compels a significantly greater attention to the critical role of energy efficiency in maintaining a productive and a more prosperous economy. The Green Grid, and semiconductor and information and communication technologies (ICT) more broadly, will be among the surprising opportunities that can enable higher levels of productivity – should we choose to invest in those resources.

General - March 01, 2011 Comment now
Considerations in the Deployment of Containerized or Modular Data Center Facilities (2011 Technical Forum)
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Containerized or Modular Data Center Facilities can save time and money and increase business flexibility, but there are common issues that need to be thought about in new ways. This session will be an overview of the topics to be covered in an upcoming white paper including site selection, service access, lifecycle and refresh, insurability and certification, local code issues, and many more. This presentation is an opportunity to hear from and ask questions of the presenters who have direct experience delivering these types of facilities.

Technology & Strategy - March 01, 2011 Comment now
Plotting a Path to Sustainability with The Green Grid's Data Center Maturity Model (2011 Technical Forum)

This session will introduce The Green Grid’s new Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM) which  touches upon every aspect of the data center including power, cooling, compute, storage, and network. The levels of the model outline current best practice and a five year roadmap for the industry. The DCMM provides capability descriptions by data center area so that operators can benchmark their current performance, determine their levels of maturity, and identify the ongoing steps and innovations necessary to achieve greater energy efficiency and sustainability, both today and into the future.

General - March 01, 2011 Comment now
EPA ENERGY STAR For Data Center Equipment (2011 Technical Forum)
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This session will provide an update on the state of the different ENERGY STAR programs for data center equipment.  It will also bring participants up to date on the structural changes that were introduced to ENERGY STAR product-based programs during 2010.

General - March 01, 2011 Comment now
Coming Soon to a Data Center Near You: EU Code Of Conduct, Version 2 (2011 Technical Forum)
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This session will discuss the recently updated EU Code of Conduct (EU CoC) for Data Centers. This document was originally created by the European Commission Joint Research Centre in 2008 in response to increasing energy consumption in data centers and the need to reduce the related environmental, economic, and energy supply security impacts. The EU CoC aims to inform and stimulate data center operators and owners to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective manner without hampering the mission critical function of data centers. The EU CoC aims to achieve this by improving understanding of energy demand within the data center, raising awareness, and recommending energy efficient best practice and targets. The EU CoC recently been updated for the second version of the document. The Green Grid participated in this review process with the goal to provide comments back to the Joint Research Centre.

General - March 01, 2011 Comment now
Qualitative Analysis Of Cooling Architectures (2011 Technical Forum)
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

In this session a representative of the Thermal Management Sub Work Group will report out on their just-published white paper on the range of cooling architectures. In this comprehensive study the qualitative aspects of various cooling strategies are reviewed. This includes attributes such as current usage and availability, efficiency, reliability, equipment architectures, and standardization and acceptance. The architectural strategies are looked at in different levels from air-flow management, to equipment placement, to heat rejection. The session will also cover differences in air and water cooling and provide attendees with the latest information on the advantages and disadvantages of cooling architectures.

Technology & Strategy - March 01, 2011 Comment now
Server Power Management 101 (2011 Technical Forum)
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

In the industry today, there is an an increasing need for education around the management of power utilization and consumption. Today's servers, at the core of the data center, foster new and advanced opportunities for efficient application and use within today's IT environment. With a better understanding of these opportunities, the concept of Server Power Management has the potential to become the ideal process for regulating power use. For data center personnel, building the knowledge base of the technology and the impact Server Power Management has on operating and capital expenses, lends itself to a more efficient and effective application of power management policy, within the organization and the industry. This session will focus on the basics of Server Power Management: the benefits of power management, the hierarchy of power management, the opportunities the learner has to manage power, and the learner's ability to do so.

Data Collection & Analysis - March 01, 2011 Comment now
An Analysis of Server Virtualization Utility Incentives (2011 Technical Forum)
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Are utilities wasting ratepayer money on incentives for server virtualization? The ultimate answer will impact the level of support utilities give IT and data center efficiency in the near future, just as the hard work of reaching the SMB reaches a crucial phase. This session explores server virtualization through a utility lens, offering a case study The Green Grid can use to better understand the pitfalls, challenges, and opportunities that come with helping utilities encourage end users to invest in efficiency.

Operations - March 01, 2011 Comment now
State of The Green Grid and Members Meeting (2011 Technical Forum)
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

As The Green Grid closes in on its fifth year, there is significant achievement, expansion, and change for the organization. This session reviews some of the accomplishments of the last year, and covers the annual user meeting requirements, but more importantly addresses the expanded mission and new directions that The Green Grid will pursue in the coming months. With input from the end user Advisory Council, the organization will unveil and examine the exciting new charter. Chairman of the Board and President John Tuccillo and new Executive Director Mark Monroe will cover the past, look to the future, and answer questions from attendees.

General - March 01, 2011 Comment now
Sweat The Small Stuff - Incremental Energy Efficiency Improvements Provide Big Results (2011 Technical Forum)
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

In September of 2009, The Green Grid and its Operations Work Group accepted the opportunity to study the impact of energy efficiency improvements in a member’s data center. The purpose of the study is to provide operators a set of The Green Grid endorsed improvement metrics and ROI models intended to assist data center operators with building credible business cases for performing energy efficiency improvements. This session reveals the findings of this specific case study, insight into the journey and analysis, and lessons learned.

Operations - March 01, 2011 Comment now
Why Aren't We Using Server Power Management? (2011 Technical Forum)
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Over the past several years, server vendors added a number of features to their products aimed at understanding and reducing server power consumption. These range from relatively simple measuring and monitoring features to more complex functions regulating situational power use. Anecdotal evidence from the field, however, suggests that, despite the potential for these features to reduce power consumption, operating expenses, and heat loads, end-users have been slot to adopt and leverage. This session will report on the findings of the Server Power Features Task Force: the obstacles inhibiting adoption, a potential roadmap for TGG, and the industry at-large to remove these inhibitors.

Data Collection & Analysis - March 01, 2011 Comment now
WP#30-Qualitative Analysis of Cooling Architectures

Many different cooling architectures exist today that can be used to cool data centers. Each of these architectures has its own advantages and disadvantages that can have a major impact on energy efficiency as well as on other aspects of the facility. This white paper offers a qualitative comparison among the popular architectures available today, providing readers with insight to help determine the cooling architecture that most appropriately fits their data center strategy.

Technology & Strategy - March 01, 2011 Comment now
WP#37-An Analysis of Server Virtualization Utility Incentives

Utilities grappling with the growth of energy use in data centers can still cost-effectively reap significant electricity savings from server virtualization. This paper provides an analysis of virtualization from a utility energy efficiency program perspective and explains why most utilities should offer strong customer incentives for it. Program design and savings calculation methods are also included to help utilities start or refine a server virtualization incentive program.

Operations - March 01, 2011 Comment now
WP#38-Understanding and Engaging Utility Incentive Programs

This white paper provides an overview of elements common to most utility incentive programs. It will help the IT professional gain an understanding of how these programs work and simplify the process of engaging with your utility to take advantage of available funding. Utilities offering these programs have mandates to achieve energy savings and are very willing to help you with the process of getting an incentive.

Operations - March 01, 2011 Comment now
WP#35-Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE™): A Green Grid Data Center Sustainability Metric

This white paper introduces the water usage effectiveness (WUE™) metric, which combined with the power usage effectiveness (PUE™)  and carbon usage effectiveness (CUE™) metrics, enables data center operators to quickly assess the water, energy, and carbon sustainability aspects of their data centers, compare the results, and determine if any energy efficiency and/or sustainability improvements need to be made.

Metrics & Measurements - March 01, 2011 Comment now
Harmonizing Global Metrics For Data Center Energy Efficiency - February 2011

This public memo addresses the agreement reached by the Global Metrics Harmonization Task Force on measurement protocols for the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE™) metric and continued discussions on additional energy efficiency metrics.

 

 

Metrics & Measurements - February 28, 2011 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection February 2011
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights Include: The Green Grid's expanded mission, the newly released Data Center Maturity Model, The Green Grid Technical Forum, upcoming Technical Committee Summits, and a request for participation in the Economizer Survey

- February 24, 2011 Comment now
Data Center Maturity Model

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

General - February 21, 2011 Comment now
WP#36-Data Center Maturity Model
The Green Grid has developed the Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM) and supporting white paper to outline capability descriptors by area such that users can benchmark their current performance, determine their levels of maturity, and identify the ongoing steps and innovations necessary to achieve greater energy efficiency and sustainability, both today and into the future.  The maturity model touches upon every aspect of the data center including power, cooling, compute, storage and network. The levels of the model outline current best practices and a 5-year roadmap for the industry.

 

General - February 21, 2011 Comment now
Water Usage Effectiveness: A Webcast for Members of The Green Grid
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Water presents unique and complex challenges for organizations and the data centers that support them. To help TGG members understand the impact of water usage generally, The Green Grid presented an educational webinar facilitated by an industry expert, Mr. Will Sarni, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy - Deloitte Consulting LLP.

The webinar addresses issues related to water such as extraction, delivery, processing, treating (pre/post use) as well as primary and secondary use.  Understanding the broad context with respect to water is essential for our organization as the same factors that affect companies overall will be addressed for data centers via the WUE metric.

 

General - February 03, 2011 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection January 2011
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: the announcement of The Green Grid's new Executive Director - Mark Monroe, the Q4 2010 Key Contributor Award winner - Mike Patterson, The Green Grid Technical Forum and Members Meeting, and the Water Usage Effectiveness Webcast

- January 28, 2011 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection December 2010
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: a thank you to our members, newly released white papers, and a report out from the EMEA Technical Forums

- December 21, 2010 Comment now
WP#34-The Green Grid Data Center Compute Efficiency Metric: DCcE

The Green Grid is proposing the use of a new metric—data center compute efficiency (DCcE)—and its underlying sub-metric, server compute efficiency (ScE). These metrics will enable data center operators to determine the efficiency of their compute resources, which allows them to identify areas of inefficiency. Using DCcE and ScE, data center operators can continually refine and increase the efficiency of their compute resources in the same way that they use power usage effectiveness (PUE) to improve data center infrastructure.

Metrics & Measurements - December 20, 2010 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums 2010 - Education Committee Activities
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Presented at The Green Grid EMEA Technical Forum in London on December 16, 2010.

General - December 16, 2010 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums 2010 - EU Code of Conduct and Metrics Update
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Presented at The Green Grid EMEA Technical Forum held in London on December 16, 2010.

General - December 16, 2010 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums 2010 - Improving Energy Efficiency with The Green Grid

Presented at The Green Grid EMEA Technial Forum in London on December 16, 2010.

General - December 16, 2010 Comment now
DC Building Power Asia - Issues Relating to The Adoption of HVdc Power in the Data Center

DC Building Power Asia '10 included an informal exhibition featuring equipment, materials, and literature. At the event The Green Grid also gave a presentation on "Issues to Consider for Higher Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Data Centers."

Technology & Strategy - December 13, 2010 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums 2010 - Sustainable Development in France
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Presented at the EMEA Technical Forum held in Paris, France on 2 December 2010.

General - December 02, 2010 Comment now
WP#32-Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE): A Green Grid Data Center Sustainability Metric

This white paper introduces the carbon usage effectiveness (CUE) metric and addresses data center–specific carbon emissions, which is emerging as an extremely important factor in the design, location, and operation of these facilities today and in the future. CUE, combined with PUE, enables data center operators to quickly assess the relative sustainability of their data centers, compare the results, and determine if any energy efficiency and/or sustainable energy improvements need to be made.

Metrics & Measurements - December 02, 2010 Comment now
WP#33-A Roadmap for the Adoption of Power-Related Features in Servers

This report was commissioned to examine the current state of the market in relation to the use of server power management features and to develop a roadmap to adoption of power management in the data center.

Data Collection & Analysis - December 01, 2010 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums 2010 - EMEA Activities

Presented at the EMEA Technical Forums held in Europe in November and December 2010.

General - November 30, 2010 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums 2010 - Improving Energy Efficiency: An End User Perspective (Microsoft)

Presented at the EMEA Technical Forum held in Paris on 2 December 2010.

General - November 30, 2010 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums 2010 - EMEA Liaison Work Group Activities
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Presented at the EMEA Technical Forums held in Europe in November and December 2010.

General - November 30, 2010 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums 2010 - EMEA Communications Work Group Activities
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Presented at the EMEA Technical Forums held in Europe in November and December 2010.

General - November 30, 2010 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums 2010 - Data Centres and EU Climate Goals
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Presented at the EMEA Technical Forum held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 30 November 2010.

General - November 30, 2010 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums 2010 - Improving Energy Efficiency: An End User Perspective (Interxion)

Presented at the EMEA Technical Forum held in Amsterdam on 30 November 2010.

General - November 30, 2010 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums 2010 - Harmonizing Global Metrics for Data Centre Energy Efficiency

Presented at the EMEA Technical Forums held in Europe in November and December 2010.

Metrics & Measurements - November 30, 2010 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums 2010 - The Green Grid Technical Activities
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Presented at the EMEA Technical Forums held in Europe in November and December 2010.

- November 30, 2010 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums - The Green Grid Overview

Presented at the EMEA Technical Forums held in Europe in November and December 2010.

General - November 30, 2010 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection November 2010
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: Information on The Green EMEA Technical Forums and the Technical Forum 2011, releases of two new white papers, and the announcement of alliances with ASPIC, Gimelec, and the GridWise Alliance

- November 18, 2010 Comment now
WP#31-Issues Relating to the Adoption of Higher Voltage Direct Current Power in the Data Center

Higher voltage direct current (HVdc) power distribution configurations have the potential to reduce energy consumption and increase efficiency in the data center. However, if data center operators, equipment manufacturers, and others opt to make HVdc a primary power distribution configuration, some critical issues need to be resolved for maximum cost-effectiveness, ease of adoption, and safety related to HVdc. Although difficult, establishing global HVdc standards will help smooth adoption and avoid some of the expense and inefficiencies that the industry has had to deal with related to variances in AC power systems.

Technology & Strategy - October 20, 2010 Comment now
WP#28-Unused Servers Survey Results Analysis

In December 2009, The Green Grid conducted a brief survey to learn more about the number and nature of unused servers currently running in data centers. Results showed that only one-fifth of data center operators attempt to identify unused servers as part of their regular day-to-day operations. Those respondents who do look have an average of 10 percent unused servers in their data centers. Knowing whether servers are being well-used for productive work, and turning off those that are not, will help data centers be more energy efficient, reduce redundant infrastructure, and avoid unnecessary spending and environmental impact.

Data Collection & Analysis - October 20, 2010 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection October 2010
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: the announcement of the Q3 Key Contributor Award, new data center sustainability metrics, and Improved Data Center Efficiency Award - Japan.

General - October 19, 2010 Comment now
WP#29-ERE: A Metric for Measuring the Benefit of Reuse Energy from a Data Center

The energy efficiency of data centers continues to be a critical factor in improving the overall energy use of IT equipment. In more and more new facilities, the energy from the data center is being reused in other parts of the facility or campus with beneficial results. These designs lack a metric with which can be tracked and compared. Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is a base data center infrastructure metric, but it does not consider these alternate uses for the waste energy. To account for these, The Green Grid has proposed and defined a new metric: Energy Reuse Effectiveness, or ERE.

Metrics & Measurements - September 22, 2010 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection September 2010
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: a new case study on benchmarking using PUE, Impact of Virtualization on Data Center Physical Infrastructure White Paper, and the EMEA Work Groups Meeting.

General - September 21, 2010 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection August 2010
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include:the release of the PUE Estimator, Unused Servers Survey Results Analysis report, and the save the date for The Green Grid Technical Forum 2011.

General - August 20, 2010 Comment now
Power Usage Effectiveness Estimator

The Power Usage Effectiveness Estimator will allow you to enter data on the estimated power usage of the components for a data center facility in order to properly estimate the PUE™ of the facility. This tool includes the concept of physical boundaries within a data center and also reports partial PUE™ for these boundaries. Results of the PUE™ estimation can be saved as PDF or CSV files, in a URL for later reference, or emailed. All data is saved anonymously.

Metrics & Measurements - August 11, 2010 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection July 2010
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include:the release of a new report detailing the recommendations for measuring and reporting overall data center efficiency, the Q2 Key Contributor Award recipient, the report-out from the July TC Summit, and the save the date for the 2010 EMEA Tech Forums

General - July 21, 2010 Comment now
Recommendations For Measuring and Reporting Overall Data Center Efficiency

The purpose of this document is to provide recommendations on measuring and publishing values for PUE at dedicated data center facilities. These recommendations represent the collective work of a task force representing 7x24 Exchange, ASHRAE, The Green Grid, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, U.S. Department of Energy Save Energy Now Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program, United States Green Building Council, and Uptime Institute. The recommendations are prepared in accordance with the guiding principles discussed in the paper. The task force continues to work towards a Version 2 document, which will provide corresponding guidance for mixed-use buildings.

Metrics & Measurements - July 15, 2010 Comment now
The Green Grid Connection June 2010
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: the launch of The Green Grid Connection, information on reporting your PUE, an invitation to submit your entry to the Data Center Award, and TGG's EMEA Webinar

General - June 21, 2010 Comment now
The Green Grid EMEA Webinar

During The Green Grid EMEA Webinar, leaders of the EMEA Technical and Communications Work Groups discussed The Green Grid’s latest technical deliverables and provided an overview of the materials presented during the public portion of The Green Grid’s 2010 Technical Forum. Webinar attendees learned about opportunities to become more efficient in managing their most important computing infrastructure and identify methods that lower costs and support global sustainability initiatives. This regionally focused webinar also highlighted current legislative trends, activities and regional tools specific to EMEA.

All - June 03, 2010 Comment now
The Green Grid EMEA Webinar

During The Green Grid EMEA Webinar, leaders of the EMEA Technical and Communications Work Groups discussed The Green Grid’s latest technical deliverables and provided an overview of the materials presented during the public portion of The Green Grid’s 2010 Technical Forum. Webinar attendees learned about opportunities to become more efficient in managing their most important computing infrastructure and identify methods that lower costs and support global sustainability initiatives. This regionally focused webinar also highlighted current legislative trends, activities and regional tools specific to EMEA.

General - June 03, 2010 Comment now
Power Configuration Efficiency Estimator

The Power Configuration Efficiency Estimator is an interactive online tool that The Green Grid has created as a companion to the “Quantitative Efficiency Analysis of Power Distribution Configurations for Data Centers” White Paper. The PCEE tool allows users to recreate the White Paper’s configurations and comparisons and create and compare your own configurations by using additional pre-loaded components and creating components with your own data.

Technology & Strategy - April 09, 2010 Comment now
Effects of Virtualization on Data Center Physical Infrastructure

The energy savings gained from server and storage virtualization and consolidation can be further maximized if data center managers adjust their power and cooling infrastructure to accommodate the reduced loads. The cycle of initial reduced load followed by load growth should incorporate adjustments to power and cooling. This presentation examines several approaches for efficiently cooling consolidated loads.

Operations - February 04, 2010 Comment now
End User Birds of a Feather Session Report / Data Center Pulse Report

In this session, representatives from the Advisory Council will share the readout results of the 2009 BOF session and provide the updated "top 10" from Data Center Pulse. Additionally, Data Center Pulse’s "Chill Off 3", an industry test comparing efficiencies of different cooling products in the data center will be introduced to forum attendees.

Technology & Strategy - February 04, 2010 Comment now
ENERGY STAR for Data Centers

ENERGY STAR is a government program designed to help businesses and organizations save energy and fight global warming with superior energy efficiency. This session will provide a brief introduction of the ENERGY STAR program offerings for commercial and industrial organizations, including the new rating system for data centers.

Technology & Strategy - February 04, 2010 Comment now
EPA Data Center Assessment Report

This session will review the work performed to assess an EPA data center in Washington, D.C., the results of that assessment, and the challenges and opportunities for this type of an installation. Many of the lessons learned by both the EPA and the assessment team will be shared.

Technology & Strategy - February 04, 2010 Comment now
Free Cooling Tool / Power Configuration Efficiency Estimator

The Green Grid free cooling map and web tool was introduced at the 2009 Technical Forum with a promise that suggestions for enhancements were welcome and would be enacted. This year, The Green Grid free cooling maps and tools have been updated to include maps of Europe and Japan, and the web tool has been enhanced to include common practices in economization, such as return air mixing and humidification. The Power Configuration Efficiency Estimator presentation is the first introduction of the tool to general users and will touch on the major features of the tool.

Technology & Strategy - February 04, 2010 Comment now
Global Regulatory and Legislative Trends

During this session, representatives from the United States Department of Energy, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the European Union Commission will discuss not only the current status of regulatory and legislative initiatives focusing on data center efficiency, but potential near-term future implications as well.

Technology & Strategy - February 04, 2010 Comment now
Interactive Discussion on The Green Grid's Toolbox (present and future)

This session will present a brief overview of the first online tools and other tools available in the industry as background for an interactive discussion on where The Green Grid’s Technical Committee should focus tool-related efforts in 2010. The discussion will include not only facility-related issues, but also how best to provide guidance to individuals and groups responsible for IT decisions that affect power consumption and energy efficiency.

Data Collection & Analysis - February 04, 2010 Comment now
Measuring Data Center Productivity: The Latest and Greatest

Last year, The Green Grid introduced the concept of measuring data center productivity through the use of proxies: simplified metrics that closely indicate the amount of real work done in data centers without the expense and difficulty of measuring work directly. This year, results of the feedback surveys are analyzed, progress on the metrics is discussed, and directions for the coming year are explained.

Metrics & Measurements - February 04, 2010 Comment now
Real-Time Energy Consumption Measurements in Data Centers

Power & Cooling, and by association energy efficiency, are widely accepted as the top concerns of many data center owners/operators today. As a result, there is an industry-wide push to improve data center energy efficiency.

Technology & Strategy - February 04, 2010 Comment now
State of The Green Grid - Public Day

During this time of unprecedented change in the global economy, the positive economic and ecologic values of energy efficiency has moved to the front of the global stage. The ongoing work of The Green Grid continues to offer valuable foundational as well as forward-looking materials to aggressively advance energy efficient IT globally.

General - February 04, 2010 Comment now
The Green Grid Academy

In this session, The Green Grid Academy, we will introduce highlights and objectives of our latest released course titled, "Recovery Stranded Data Center Capacity". Attendees will also discuss their impressions of The Green Grid’s Brandon Hall award-winning eLearning "Measures and Metrics" course. Based on the group’s feedback, the presenter will introduce 2010 plans including the creation and charter of the newly formed Education Committee.

Technology & Strategy - February 04, 2010 Comment now
The Green Grid Data Center Design Guide

The goal of the Data Center Design Guide program is to provide the industry with a set of design guides to be used by operators and designers to build and operate energy efficient data centers. The presentation will describe the status of the program, examples of the first drafted chapters, and discuss next steps in completing the first complete draft of the Design Guide.

Technology & Strategy - February 04, 2010 Comment now
Unused Server Study

This session explores the problem of unused servers. Whether they’re running old applications with no users, used briefly and then abandoned, or even never used, it’s all a waste of energy which can easily be avoided with tools and guidance. This session will discuss the results of the survey that was given and conclusions that can be drawn from it.

Data Collection & Analysis - February 04, 2010 Comment now
Update from Climate Savers Computing Initiative

During this session, CSCI will review recent activities associated with the program goals as well as planned technical activities for 2010. In addition, the talk will address opportunities for synergy and collaboration between CSCI and TGG.

Technology & Strategy - February 04, 2010 Comment now
A Metric for Measuring the Re-use of Waste Heat
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This session will review ongoing work within The Green Grid and select national labs on developing a metric for measuring the benefit of reusing excess or waste energy from the data center.

Metrics & Measurements - February 03, 2010 Comment now
Calculating Partial PUEs
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

The measuring and management of the PUE for an IT facility is an effective tool in the overall management of the energy use of a facility. While PUE is a valuable tool, it can be used inappropriately.

Metrics & Measurements - February 03, 2010 Comment now
Connecting Utilities to The Green Grid
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Electric utilities know that efficient IT equipment presents a major energy savings opportunity but very few offer targeted incentives for energy efficient IT products. Utilities should have a role in promoting a greener high-tech industry but face barriers which inhibit their meaningful participation.

Operations - February 03, 2010 Comment now
Data Center Certified Energy Practitioner Program
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

The DOE Save Energy Now Program is collaborating with The Green Grid and other industry groups to develop a Data Center Certified Energy Practitioner (DC-CEP) Program to accelerate energy savings in the dynamic and energy intensive marketplace of data centers.

Technology & Strategy - February 03, 2010 Comment now
DCiE Survey Results
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

In 2009, The Green Grid conducted surveys in North America and Japan to better understand how data centers are measuring energy consumption, the challenges they encounter and the actions they take when they learn more about their energy efficiency. This presentation will detail some of the survey’s most significant results and what data center operators indicated regarding the current and potential future state of data center energy efficiency.

Data Collection & Analysis - February 03, 2010 Comment now
DCPro IT Module Update
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This presentation will describe the design bases and input being provided to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the development and release of the IT module of the follow-on DCPro Assessment Tool. The presentation will provide a tour of the spreadsheet tool created by The Green Grid to deliver the requested input, design bases, and assessment process for the DCPro IT Module. This presentation is also to acknowledge and thank SNIA, ASHRAE, and other member companies for their input and assistance.

Data Collection & Analysis - February 03, 2010 Comment now
European Union Commission (Code of Conduct) Report
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This Code of Conduct (CoC) was created by the European Commission Joint Research Centre in 2008 in response to increasing energy consumption in data centers and the need to reduce the related environmental, economic, and energy supply security impacts.

Technology & Strategy - February 03, 2010 Comment now
Global Harmonization of Metrics
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This session will review the progress and current status specific to the Global Harmonization of Metrics effort. In 2009 The Green Grid in collaboration with the following organizations began driving toward a set of metrics and indices which can be formally adopted by all participant organizations to improve data center energy efficiency globally.

Metrics & Measurements - February 03, 2010 Comment now
Members Meeting / Key Contributor Award Ceremony
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

The Annual Members Meeting will be lead by Larry Vertal, Executive Director of The Green Grid. This meeting will include organizational information and updates about the current status of The Green Grid. Following the meeting, recipients of the newly established Key Contributor Award will be recognized for their contributions to The Green Grid.

General - February 03, 2010 Comment now
Obstacles to Adoption of Higher Voltage Direct Current Power in the Data Center
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Higher Voltage Direct Current (HVdc) power in the data center is a hot topic in the industry and numerous discussion papers have been published, including several by The Green Grid. Broad deployment of HVdc is becoming more possible, but many obstacles and issues still need to be addressed before HVdc can be a viable solution for a broader set of end users.

Technology & Strategy - February 03, 2010 Comment now
PUE/DCiE Current Status and Future Developments
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

In light of the recent Environmental Protection Agency announcement to support the PUE metric as the foundation for the Data Center Energy Star Rating system, this session will briefly outline the previous PUE/DCiE publications, the current progress within The Green Grid respective to PUE/DCiE, and the future developments that will be released in 2010.

Metrics & Measurements - February 03, 2010 Comment now
PUE Estimator
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

PUE is an important data center metric. An online tool has been developed that will assist in the proper estimation of the static design-level PUE.

Technology & Strategy - February 03, 2010 Comment now
PUE Public Reporting and Usage Guidelines / Building a Database for the Industry
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

During this first part of this session the presenter will provide a review of the published PUE/DCiE Usage and Public Reporting Guidelines, an overview of The Green Grid PUE reporting database forms and a discussion on potential recognition programs.
During the second part of the sesion, the presenter will discuss The Green Grid’s efforts to develop a database for recording key data center information as well as measurement results and contextual information about those results.

Data Collection & Analysis - February 03, 2010 Comment now
Regional Report from EMEA
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This session reviews the events affecting our members and the data center industry in EMEA, including the carbon trading landscape and how this is likely to affect other geographies and countries going forward. Also covered are the EMEA Technical Work Group plans for 2010, the updated version of the EU Code of Conduct on Data Center Efficiency and the liaison with the British Computing Society. Also, in addition, the presenters will preview plans for connecting with the myriad of other energy efficiency bodies moving forward.

General - February 03, 2010 Comment now
Regional Report from Japan
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This session will include Japan Communications Work Group and Technical Work Group activity updates including 2009 accomplishments, a Japan organizational update, annual Japan events report, technical activities status, and the 2010 activity plan.

General - February 03, 2010 Comment now
State of The Green Grid
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

During this time of unprecedented change in the global economy, the positive economic and ecologic values of energy efficiency has moved to the front of the global stage. The ongoing work of The Green Grid continues to offer valuable foundational as well as forward-looking materials to aggressively advance energy efficient IT globally.

General - February 03, 2010 Comment now
The Green Grid Alliances - ASHRAE, DMTF, SNIA, GIPC, BCS
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This session will provide an overview of the Liaison Committee and discuss Alliances in the IT, Facilities, and Government sectors. Representatives from ASHRAE, BCS, DMTF, GIPC, and SNIA will present a synopsis of their relationship with The Green Grid and key deliverables that are in development.

General - February 03, 2010 Comment now
The United States of America, European Union and Japan Reach Agreement on Guiding Principles for Data Center Energy Efficiency Metrics

As business demands and energy costs for data centers rise, owners and operators have focused on the energy efficiency of the data center as a whole, frequently using energy efficiency metrics. However, the metrics are not always applied clearly and consistently at a global level. To address these inconsistencies, a group of global leaders met on February 2, 2010 to agree on data center energy efficiency measurements, metrics, and reporting conventions.

Metrics & Measurements - February 02, 2010 Comment now
Data Center Industry Leaders Reach Agreement on Guiding Principles for Energy Efficiency Metrics

As business demands and energy costs for data centers rise, owners and operators have focused on the energy efficiency of the data center as a whole, frequently using energy efficiency metrics. However, the metrics are not always applied clearly and consistently. To address these inconsistencies, a group of leaders from across the industry met on January 13, 2010 to agree on data center energy efficiency measurements, metrics, and reporting conventions.

Metrics & Measurements - February 01, 2010 Comment now
Birds of a Feather Requirements Gathering Report

The Data Collection & Analysis (DC&A) workgroup conducted an end-user “Birds-of-a-Feather” session at the 2008 Technical Committee Face-to-Face in Seattle, Washington. It was felt that this was a great opportunity to get a pulse on end-user actions and issues relative to energy efficiency and it was desired to replicate the session in 2009. The objective of this paper is to formally document and communicate the findings of the requirements gathering session.

Data Collection & Analysis - January 27, 2010 Comment now
WP#27-Impact of Virtualization on Data Center Physical Infrastructure

Data center virtualization, which includes storage, desktop, and server virtualization, reduces overall IT equipment electrical load through consolidation of systems. The resulting energy savings can be further maximized if IT or facilities managers adjust the power and cooling infrastructure to accommodate the reduced loads.

Operations - January 27, 2010 Comment now
The Green Grid Quarterly Newsletter January 2010
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: New white papers and tools, upcoming events including The Green Grid Technical Forum, and a membership survey.

General - January 01, 2010 Comment now
WP#26-Energy Measurement Survey Results Analysis

In February 2009, The Green Grid conducted an online survey to better understand how data centers are measuring energy usage, the challenges they encounter, and the actions they take when they learn more about their energy efficiency.

Data Collection & Analysis - November 04, 2009 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums - Two Years Later: DCiE and PUE as Metrics at Digital Realty Trust

Digital Realty Trust developed an End User presentation describing the use of DCiE and PUE as Metrics to improve energy efficiency at their company.

Operations - October 20, 2009 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums - EU Data Centre Code of Conduct
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Desribes the Data Centre Code of Conduct, how to participate, and the annual review.

Operations - October 20, 2009 Comment now
WP#25-The Green Grid Energy Policy Research for Data Centres: France, Germany, The Netherlands, and The United Kingdom

Climate change and fuel security have dramatically risen up the policy agenda, resulting in a comprehensive policy framework at both the European Union (EU) and national levels. The growth of data centres, and their energy intensity, means the industry will be particularly affected by the drive for energy efficiency of product design and building services.

Data Collection & Analysis - October 19, 2009 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums - Data Center Energy: Going Forward

Presented at the EMEA Technical Forums held in Europe in October.

General - October 13, 2009 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums - Keynote

The State of The Green Grid was presented at the four EMEA Technical Forums held in Europe in October.

General - October 13, 2009 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums - STRATO: Boosting Energy Efficiency

STRATO developed an End User presentation describing the methods of boosting energy efficiency at their company.

Operations - October 13, 2009 Comment now
EMEA Technical Forums - Technical Committee Dashboard
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Presented at the EMEA Technical Forums held in Europe in October.

General - October 13, 2009 Comment now
WP#24-Productivity Proxy Proposals Feedback: Interim Results

In January 2009 The Green Grid (TGG) published a paper entitled, “Proxy Proposals for Measuring Data Center Productivity,” which proposed eight candidates for a simple proxy that would be useful for estimating DCeP, but significantly easier to calculate than the DCeP metric is. This paper reviews the results of the feedback from users that was gathered as to which of the proposed proxies they felt would be the most useful and worthy of further investigation.

Metrics & Measurements - October 07, 2009 Comment now
Case Study #1 - Assessment of EPA Mid Tier Data Center at Potomac Yard

The following is the initial report documenting findings and making recommendations around a typical EPA mid-tier data center in the Washington D.C. area: One Potomac Yard (OPY).

Technology & Strategy - October 02, 2009 Comment now
WP#22-Usage and Public Reporting Guidelines for PUE/DCiE

The Green Grid is publishing a set of rules and guidelines and a required process that organizations should follow when making public claims as to PUE or DCiE measurements for their data centers.

Metrics & Measurements - October 02, 2009 Comment now
The Green Grid Quarterly Newsletter October 2009
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

Highlights include: New white papers and tools, upcoming events including the EMEA Technical Forums, and a study to gather data center information.

General - October 01, 2009 Comment now
European Free Cooling Tool

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

Technology & Strategy - October 01, 2009 Comment now
European Fresh Air Cooling High Res Map
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*

This high resolution map shows fresh air cooling in Europe.

Technology & Strategy - October 01, 2009 Comment now
European Fresh Air Cooling Low Res Map

This low resolution map shows fresh air cooling in Europe.

Technology & Strategy - October 01, 2009 Comment now
European Water Side Cooling High Res Map
*FOR MEMBERS ONLY*