HP Data Center Technology Cuts Energy Costs in Real World

Loraine Lawson

HP wanted to prove that its Dynamic Smart Cooling green technology could deliver in the real world. So it deployed the solution at its Bangladore, India, data center to see how it performed.


And right out of the gate, the system achieved a 20 percent reduction in cooling power consumption. HP says that when it's "fully optimized," it should bring in energy savings of up to 40 percent, according to this article from MercuryNews.


Pretty cool, right? Ha.


Puns aside, the system is composed of 7,500 networked sensors, each monitoring air temperature in real times. That's no small feet in the 70,000 square-foot data center, which, by the way, consolidated 14 lab centers and includes both legacy and new servers.


Small- and mid-size businesses don't have to read about HP's expensive system and turn 'green' with envy. Fujitsu announced this week it will offer the SMB market a greener storage area network solution. It's called the ETERNUS2000 - let's hope it's more lean and mean than it's name. Fujitsu notes that it can be configured with a web browser, is easily set up, uses Massive Array of Idle Disks (MAID) technology, and is RoHS compliant. It's starting price will be $11,100, according to this article.


If you're bent on investing in green technology, take a chill pill. While some green tech can save you on energy costs, Chris James, marketing director for EMEA at Overland Storage, cautions against buying into green technology unless you actually need to upgrade your equipment.


According to James, much of the carbon emissions for technology actually come from manufacturing a kit, which actually accounts for a large percentage of its carbon emissions. That means, if you're buying just to buy green, you're actually adding to the problem, according to James.

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