The Green Grid is the industry body looking to improve energy efficiency in data centres, while the non-profit Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) comprises computer suppliers who have committed to producing energy-efficient products and corporate members who have committed to buying them. The plan is that the CSCI will move its programmes and membership under The Green Grid brand.
CSCI’s experts and industry leaders will be integrated with the green Grid’s technical workgroups, giving the organisation a broader brief, increased collaboration and expanded reach. CSCI’s programmes, whitepapers, other publications and best practices will be incorporated into the Green Grid's collection of resources. In turn, the Green Grid is creating a programme called the ‘Sustainable Computing Initiative’, which will provide organisations with the opportunity to commit to procurement and power management goals, as CSCI members have done.
This is a good move. At the beginning of last year the Green Grid announced a shift in direction, with an expansion of its focus to ‘address the sustainability and resource efficiency of information technology’. I expressed my reservations at the time, because of the potential overlap with other organisations, including the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI). Too many different organisations with overlapping objectives can fragment the effort and dilute the message. The Green Grid and CSCI seem to have reached the same conclusion.