Monday, 17 January 2011

UK IT industry introduces a data centre energy efficiency award

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (and yes, that’s the actual name of the UK organisation, not a description) has introduced the Certified Energy Efficiency Datacentre Award (CEEDA). It’s designed to provide evidence that an organisation has implemented best practice in data centre efficiency, confirmed by an independent CEEDA-certified assessor.

The Institute (as we shall refer to it) was heavily involved in developing the EU Code of Conduct for data centres via the Best Practice Working Group. CEEDA goes further by defining a number of additional performance criteria and certifying compliance.

It’s in two parts. The first is a Bronze, Silver or Gold award that provides recognition of progress in maximising the energy efficiency of facilities. The second part is the provision of externally verifiable evidence of that progress, which will enable the validation and comparison of performance of different data centres across a range of industries and sites. The process assures that each of the criteria measured is based on the actual status of the facility at the time of inspection.

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The assessment measures performance against six key areas:

  • Data Centre Utilisation

  • IT Equipment and Services

  • Cooling

  • Data Centre Power Equipment

  • Data Centre Building

  • Monitoring

The bronze award recognises concerted effort to implement best practice within their data centre. The silver goes to those that have implemented the majority of the best practices and are committed to further improvement. And the gold award is for those that have implemented the majority of best practices and have achieved an annualised PUE (Power Usage Efficiency – ratio of total facility energy use to that used by the IT equipment) of less than 1.5.

The Institute has a pool of independent, trained and qualified assessors, each with a strong background in data centre build, design, operation and ICT. The assessors will visit sites, make an assessment, produce a detailed report of the findings and an action plan, and will make an award recommendation to the Institute if appropriate.

The assessor must see sufficient evidence to verify that best practice has been implemented. This is different from the EU Code of Conduct process where an organisation can commit to implement a best practice up to 36 months into the future.

 

Sounds good. It’s a real, on-the-ground assessment from people who know what they’re doing. There’s also on-going assessments every 2-3 years to ensure continued commitment. It’ll be interesting to see the uptake.

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