Green Technology Information That The IT Industry Can Use

By   July 21, 2015

Green Technology InformationFor years, green technology information gas been available all over the internet and publications. There has been information for everything from homes and office to manufacturing and vehicles for being environmentally friendly. Every industry can find help in going green except the IT industry until recent years.

Here we list some green technology information that can help the IT industry:

Cool for Free

Datacenters have to maintain cooler temperature to keep equipment running. This means a use of power which keeps energy costs high for businesses. In fact, the energy cost that IT departments generate is as much as 60% for a business, depending upon the business model and energy prices.

Thus it would make sense for IT departments to find free ways to cool the datacenter. Or better yet, find a way to use natural air to cool the datacenter facilities instead to the power eating air conditioning or mechanical refrigeration used today.

More and more datacenters are building racks and servers that can operate in climates of 27°C making natural air cooling a viable option. In parts of the country when the temperatures do get too warm for natural air to cool enough, then the use of mechanical cooling is still possible, but the combination makes for an effective strategy for datacenters.

Wind Generation

Big companies like Apple, Facebook and Google have taken the initiative to power their datacenters with wind energy. This not only helps them meet government environmental requirements but tthey are saving money on the energy costs too.

Servers That Run On Low Power

Datacenter management teams are in search of better efficient alternatives to make their infrastructure sustainable for the long run as opposed to their present use of x86 standard server racks and blades. Dell, HP and other IT providers have launched low-energy alternatives in 2012.

These types of servers borrow from smartphone computing technology in an effort to balance performance and batteries draining. These low-energy alternatives aka micro servers depend on low-power CPUs (central processor units).

With the right workloads, these will be more efficient than bigger, monolithic systems. Utilization rates will rise while capital costs decrease and there will be higher levels of redundancy are realized while operating costs decrease from consumption of power being lowered.

Going Forward With Energy Savings

There is a wave of changes in building datacenters that is genuinely disruptive and it is giving the IT industry the green credentials it needs. Like a technique that was pioneered by the University of Southampton where they encased electronics in a fluid that supported running circuits at temperatures that were higher than normal.  Or the use of higher-efficiency coolers like Iliad, a French business uses to reduce their CO 2 footprint by monitoring their power requirements to use on what energy modules are necessary and any remaining modules are kept in stand-by mode that is low-powered.