Monday, 13 July 2009

Green data centre assessment from GlassHouse Technologies

GlassHouse Technologies, a US IT infrastructure consulting firm, has announced a service called Energy Proficiency Impact Analysis (EPIA). The EPIA identifies changes that can be made to streamline IT infrastructure in line with green targets - the US press release cites the Clean Energy and Security Act, whilst the UK version talks about the UK carbon emission reduction targets (could have mentioned the Carbon Reduction Commitment).

Anyway, the new service, which is in collaboration with Rackwise (data centre software) and Fortress International (data centre design and construction) provides two strategic results: the Green Proficiency Analysis (GPA) and the Cost Proficiency Analysis (CPA). The reports, which are powered by the Rackwise Data Centre Manager software, help identify opportunities to address operational inefficiencies in power and cooling and also outline measures to ensure compliance with green legislative and regulatory mandates, with an assessment of the cost impact.

Through a five-step process, the GPA provides an analysis of the data centre environment and offers recommendations for greater efficiencies based on metrics from The Green Grid. It also allows enterprise to test changes before implementation. Based on the GPA results, the CPA validates the financial savings and shows a breakdown of when organisations can expect to see a financial ROI.

This could be a timely service. There are lots of solutions to measure and manage carbon emissions but not so many that specifically focus on the data centre. Emissions from data centres are likely to pull a lot of companies into the regulatory environment and solutions to help reduce emissions will be in demand. (Having said that, in the case of the CRC in the UK, once a company is in all its emissions need to be measured and managed, so covering the data centre alone will not be enough).

One nice touch - the press release also pointed out the efforts of GlassHouse Technologies to go green, including providing the employees in its Israeli office with electric cars to reduce emissions. A minor point, but it at least shows willing by a green IT provider to talk about what it's doing itself.

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