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Grow a Greener Data Center
A guide to building and operating energy-efficient,
ecologically sensitive IT and Facilities infrastructure
Conventional Data Centers can have a huge impact upon the environment, using massive amounts of energy and water, emitting pollutants, and discarding huge quantities of machine waste. Their insatiable demand for energy and often inefficient designs make Data Centers expensive to operate and prime targets for future environmental regulation.
Fortunately, it’s now possible to design a Data Center that consumes fewer resources, costs less money to run, has a longer usable lifespan, and can even highlight a company’s social responsibility. Grow a Greener Data Center shows how.
Douglas Alger makes the business case for greening Data Centers and presents technologies, design strategies, and operational approaches to help any company improve the energy efficiency and “eco-friendliness” of their IT hosting environments. He provides multiple strategies for “greening” each phase of a new Data Center project–selecting a site, designing and building the facility, and choosing hardware–as well as tips for retrofitting an existing server environment.
Alger explores IT and facilities technology areas as well as broader green building practices, including building material selection, electrical system design, use of alternative energy, cooling system design, cabling media choices, fire suppression options, water conservation practices, landscaping strategies, recycling programs, e-waste management, and more.
Build the Best Data Center Facility for Your Business
Category: Data Center
Covers: Green IT
Chapter 1 Going Green in the Data Center 1
Defining Green 1
The Reasons to Go Green 2
Growing Power Demand, Shrinking Availability 2
Monetary Benefits 5
Capacity Gains 9
Increasing Regulation 10
Recent Government Green Commitments 10
Multicountry Green Commitments 11
Technology Advances 14
Public Perception 15
If You Don’t Own Your Data Centers 18
Resistance to Green 20
Green Incentive Programs 22
Utility Companies 22
Government Programs 24
Who Is Going Green 25
Green from the Start 26
Greenest Company in the World 26
Most Socially Responsible 26
Financial Institutions 27
HSBC Group 29
Technology Companies 29
Hewlett-Packard Company 30
The Home Depot 32
Chapter 2 Measuring Green Data Centers 35
Why Measure in the Data Center 35
What to Measure in the Data Center 36
Energy Usage 36
Carbon Footprint 37
Other Data Center Elements 39
Environmental Building Assessment Systems 39
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method
Green Globes 42
Haute Qualité Environmentale (HQE) 43
Hong Kong Building Environmental Assessment Method (HK-BEAM) 44