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Industry & Materials - Data Centers & Computing & Electronics 4 Items

Who Needs Skeletons? We've got Servers in the Closets.

Presentation, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-11_ESourceSkeletonsServerClosets

IT Industry analysts estimate there are over 11 million servers in use in 2012, growing to almost 13 million by 2020. While many large data centers are addressing energy use, half of the energy consumption for U.S. data centers comes from small server rooms and closets. These server rooms are often overlooked, despite the significant opportunity to reduce energy through increased utilization, migrating computing needs to the cloud, and employing best practices for cooling and power supply. This presentation quantifies the energy use, and saving potential, for facilities ranging from small server rooms to multi-megawatt data centers. It also compares various sustainability metrics, discusses barriers that stem from lack of information and misaligned incentives, and cover the stats, metrics and efficiency of moving to the cloud from on premise.

 

Systems Thinking for Radically Efficient and Profitable Data Centers

Presentation, 2008
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/E08-06_SystemsThinkingDataCenters
This presentation shows how to apply a whole-system approach to the energy use in data centers in order to provide 95-99% energy savings. The authors present strategies for saving energy that have been applied effectively to data centers.

 

Design Recommendations for High-Performance Data Centers

Report or White Paper, 2003
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/E03-08_HighPerformanceDataCenters

In 2003, RMI convened an innovative whole-system design charrette to challenge the current model for data centers and develop a groundbreaking data center design—a clean-sheet model with no compromises. This report summarizes the recommendations from the charrette.

 

What an Energy-Efficient Computer Can Do

Report or White Paper, 1993
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/E93-20_EnergyEfficientComputer
This paper from 1993 describes the economic benefits of purchasing an energy efficient computer. Amory Lovins argues that when you buy an energy efficient desktop computer, you’re getting more benefits than just a lower electric bill and some of those benefits may be even more important to your business.