The Green Grid, a data center industry group, successfully orchestrated the development of an officially recognized metric for data center energy efficiency, Computerworld reports. Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) will be officially used by government agencies in Europe, Japan and the United States.
Tom Brey, an IBM employee who is secretary of The Green Grid, said in a statement:
The Green Grid is working with organizations around the world to develop a clear and well-defined language for the way we communicate about energy efficiency metrics, which will give us a common measuring stick for all data centers regardless of their location. With that type of consistency, we can start driving behavioral changes in the industry.
Behavioral changes across the industry appear to be needed. Mike Vizard reports in "Reining in IT Energy Consumption" over at our CTO Edge site that 53 percent of surveyed C-level executives admit not taking energy costs into account when developing their IT budget. The Avande survey that Vizard cites notes that energy costs are moving up the IT agenda, which also may lead the industry to reduce its carbon footprint as well.