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ERIC Number: EJ922304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
Five Essentials to Greening the Data Center
Gordon, Dan
T.H.E. Journal, v38 n4 p21-22, 24-25 Apr 2011
A 2008 study by the management-consulting firm McKinsey & Co. projected that the world's data centers would surpass the airline industry in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Certainly adding to those emissions are K-12 districts, whose data centers hold the equipment that serves as the backbone for an ever-growing number of computing initiatives. Inevitably, the dramatic rise in K-12 technology use in recent years has given way to soaring energy usage and power bills in many districts. The good news is that many K-12 school districts are recognizing their data centers as fertile ground for energy and cost savings and are taking steps to improve their energy efficiency. Not all energy-saving plans are created equal; some greening measures clearly rise to the top of the list of best practices. In this article, the author discusses five essential elements to any data center greening initiative: (1) measuring energy usage; (2) virtual servers; (3) incorporating the cloud; (4) climate control; and (5) collaboration. These essential elements may help ensure one is not missing steps integral to achieving strategic energy and cost savings. Tools for tracking energy usage and top energy-saving consolidation measures are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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