LEED and Data Centers, how the USGBC is changing data center design
ADC offers numerous products and solutions that will not only optimize a data center’s performance, but also directly affect environmental issues. ADC has solutions that are produced with fewer raw materials and are designed to increase airflow and energy efficiency.
With a keen eye on today’s data center challenges and the movement to build sustainable LEED certified facilities, Belden has leveraged their expertise to design data center solutions that are unique in their ability to provide optimal performance, density and manageability while simultaneously enhancing energy-efficiency, reducing environmental impact, and minimizing total cost of ownership.
Data center electrical energy consumption is projected to significantly increase in the next five years. Solutions to mitigate energy requirements, to reduce CO2 emissions and to support environmental initiatives are being widely adopted. 10G optical connectivity supports the growing focus on a green data center philosophy. Optical cable with laser optimized 50 μm OM3 fiber provides bandwidth capabilities that support legacy and future-data-rate applications beyond 10G. Optical connectivity provides the reduction in power consumption (electronic and cooling) and optimized pathway space utilization necessary to support the movement to greener data centers.
Recognizing the problems of increasing density requirements and energy consumption, Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) designed thermal management solutions using passive technologies to maximize airflow to cool equipment in the data center without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or risky liquid cooling solutions. CPI Passive Cooling™ Solutions, used with the TeraFrame™ Family of Cabinets, utilize this innovative technology and provide superior thermal management to reduce energy costs up to 40% and overall energy efficiency, maximize cooling unit efficiency and minimize environmental impact, making them the Simply Efficient™ choice.
Backed by Hubbell’s GreenWise sustainability initiative and superior support, Hubbell Sustainable Data Center Solutions bring innovation, technology, quality, and service to the data center.
General Cable has introduced an industryleading solution, GenSPEED 10 MTP, that meets your need to stay “green” in the data center. GenSPEED 10 MTP utilizes revolutionary Mosaic Crossblock™ technology to shield the cable from noise coming from outside sources, referred to as alien crosstalk (PSANEXT) – without the need for grounding. This patented technology was carefully designed with metallic blocks separated by an insulating layer. Since there is no metal-to-metal contact, there is no path for current to flow longitudinally and thus no need for grounding. The end result – a 10 Gig cable that is small, can be bundled and groomed, and provides ultimate performance.
Count on Leviton to ensure that your data center’s physical layer meets your requirements, from performance and security to aesthetics and, of course, energy efficiency. Company owned-and-operated plants manufacture the connectivity solutions that data centers require including end-to-end copper and fiber systems, power solutions, cable management, and more. Customize trunks, fiber enclosures, PDUs, and much more to your center’s requirements with our extensive, fast-turnaround make-to-order (MTO) program.
Ortronics/Legrand offers many differentiating products that help data centers use less power for cooling by employing best practices in cabling and airflow management. Being aware of these techniques will help companies define goals for improvements in their energy efficiency as they begin to migrate to a more environmentally sustainable strategy.
PANDUIT high-density, flexible physical layer solutions maximize space utilization and optimize energy use. Research by PANDUIT Laboratories into thermal management includes advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis to model optimal airflow patterns and above-floor temperature distributions throughout the data center. This data is then used to develop rack, cabinet, and cable management systems that efficiently route and organize critical IT infrastructure elements.
TE Connectivity customers use AMP NETCONNECT products to green up their facilities and green up their bottom lines. Today’s focus on green initiatives was yesterday’s focus on component-level compliance. TE Connectivity was an early adopter of numerous green initiatives, and today’s AMP NETCONNECT products comply with the Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) initiatives.
Data Center ENERGY STAR Initiatives
The following information is from the Energy Star website, found here.
In an effort to assist data center operators wishing to assess the energy efficiency of their facilities, eight leading organizations that set or use data center energy efficiency metrics met on January 13, 2010 in Washington, DC. The outcome of the meeting is an agreement to three guiding principles for measuring energy efficiency in data centers at the present time. These guiding principles are meant to help the industry have a common understanding of energy efficiency metrics that can generate dialogue to improve data center efficiencies and reduce energy consumption. Each of the participating organizations has agreed to promote these guiding principals to their members and stakeholders in an effort to bring uniformity to the measurement of data center energy efficiency, while the dialogue continues to advance existing metrics. Additionally, the eight participating organizations created a task force to develop further recommendations based on the agreed upon guiding principles. Below please find a copy of the guiding principles established on January 13, as well as the first set of recommendations from the task force on measuring PUE at dedicated data centers.
- Data Center Industry Leaders Agreement on EE Guiding Principles, February 1, 2010 (97KB)
- Recommendations for Measuring and Reporting Overall Data Center Efficiency (97KB)
Additionally, representatives from the U.S., European Union, and Japan met on February 2, 2010 to identify goals and desired outcomes in developing and applying energy efficiency metrics. The meeting resulted in the following agreement on guiding principles for measuring energy efficiency in data centers.
We hope that these principles will help you in your efforts to improve the efficiency of data centers, and welcome your questions by e-mail to ENERGYSTARdatacenters@icfi.com.
The work on these guiding principles has been part of a greater joint initiative by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) called the National Data Center Energy Efficiency Information Program. The program coordinates a wide variety of activities from the EPA ENERGY STAR program, DOE Industrial Technologies Program Save Energy Now initiative, and the DOE Federal Energy Management Program.
In its 2007 Report to Congress on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency Opportunities (2.5MB), EPA estimated that the nation’s servers and data centers consumed about 61 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2006 (1.5 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption) for a total electricity cost of about $4.5 billion. As one of the fastest growing sectors, national energy consumption by servers and data centers could nearly double by 2011 to more than 100 billion kWh, representing a $7.4 billion annual electricity cost. However, there is significant potential for energy efficiency improvements in data centers.
Strategic energy management is the key to controlling energy consumption and operating costs. Use EPA's tools and resources below to help you establish an energy management program that includes benchmarking your data center’s energy performance, making no- and low-cost O&M improvements, and earning recognition for your successes.
- Join ENERGY STAR to show your organization-wide commitment to energy management.
- Take the ENERGY STAR Challenge.
- Establish a comprehensive energy management program using ENERGY STAR's Guidelines for Energy Management.
Benchmark Your Data Center
Data center operators that want to assess the energy performance of their facilities can benchmark their data centers in Portfolio Manager to receive a 1-to-100 energy performance rating. The tools and resources below provide guidance on how to benchmark a data center.
- Benchmark your data center in Portfolio Manager. Use the Data Center Quick Reference Guide (1MB) for additional guidance.
- Review the frequently asked questions (225KB) about the data center rating model for further guidance.
- Visit the Real Estate web page if your data center is located within an office building to learn more about how to benchmark the entire building.
- Review the overview of how the rating was created (80KB). See additional information on the data collection conducted to gather data for the basis of the rating.
- Pursue the Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR for new data center construction.
Earn Recognition for Your Achievements
Join the growing group of organizations honored and recognized by EPA for their outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.
ENERGY STAR Computer Server Specification Development
EPA has launched the development process for the Version 2.0 specification for Computer Servers. Draft 1 of the specification revision was distributed to stakeholders on April 9, 2010 and EPA has held two stakeholder discussions to solicit feedback. All materials related to this effort are posted to the Version 2.0 specification development page at the link below.
As part of Version 2.0, EPA will be investigating methods with which to evaluate efficiency of servers while completing actual computing, transitioning the program from the current foundation developed for the Version 1.0 specification. EPA developed the following position paper on the current state of energy benchmarking for servers. This paper was presented on behalf of EPA by the British Computing Society at the 2009 TPC Technical Committee conference in Lyon, France. The original publication is available at SpringerLink .
Draft 1 of the ENERGY STAR Version 2.0 Computer Server specification is posted below along with related files.
- ENERGY STAR Cover Memo (86KB)
- ENERGY STAR Computer Servers Draft 1 Version 2.0 (545KB)
- SERT Draft Design Document (250KB)
- Draft 1 Power and Performance Datasheet (180KB)
EPA Finalized Version 1.0 of the Computer Server specification on May 15, 2009. Partners and other interested parties are encouraged to review materials related to development, and the final specification, at the link below.
ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Specification Development
EPA has launched the development process for the Version 1.0 Data Center Storage specification. An announcement letter was distributed on April 23, 2009 marking the start of the Product Development process. All information related to the specification development process can be found at the link below:
EPA will be hosting an in-person stakeholder meeting to discuss comments received on the Draft 1 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage specification and to initiate the next round of storage data collection. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 20, 2010, from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM Pacific Time, at the Sainte Claire Hotel in San Jose, CA. For the convenience of stakeholders, this meeting is being held in conjunction with the Storage Networking Industry Association 2010 Summer Symposium. For more information on this event, visit: http://www.snia.org/about/calendar/ .
A conference call line will be provided for those who cannot attend in person. Additional information will be distributed shortly. Please note: Whether you plan to attend in person or via conference call, you must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, July 9, 2010.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the release of the Draft 1 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage specification. EPA welcomes your feedback on this document. Comments on Draft 1 are due via email to email@example.com no later than May 21, 2010.
- ENERGY STAR Storage Draft 1 Version 1 Cover Letter (90KB)
- ENERGY STAR Storage Draft 1 Version 1 Specification (512KB)
ENERGY STAR Uninterruptible Power Supplies Specification Development
EPA has launched the development process for the Version 1.0 Uninterruptible Power Supplies specification. An announcement letter was distributed on February 3, 2010 marking the start of the Product Development process. All information related to the specification development process can be found at the link below: