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Federal Data Centers: Use Switched POPS PDUs to Save Money

Posted by RJ Tee on Mar 6, 2017 10:50:20 AM


A new bill is being considered in Washington, D.C. that would directly impact federal data centers.

According to The Stack, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act (HR 306), which would require every federal agency to provide a detailed report outlining the exact steps that are being taken to improve energy efficiency in their data center and computing environments. 

These reports would then be compiled by the Secretary and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of a larger report on the overall impact of cloud computing and virtualization, mobile devices, social media and data center power consumption among federal agencies. This report would include previous energy usage projections from between 2008 and 2015.

“As the nation’s largest energy user, landowner, and employer, the federal government should lead by example to improve the energy efficiency of its technology equipment and data centres,” stated representative Anna Eschoo (D-CA), who co-sponsored the bill along with Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). “This legislation will reduce the federal government’s energy use, save taxpayer dollars, and set the standard for the private sector.”

As of right now, the bill is waiting for a Senate vote and so it remains to be seen how it will play out. The fact that it’s a bipartisan bill, however, shows just how important the issue is to the federal government; Even in these trying political times, House Democrats and Republicans are working together to drive energy reform, in hopes of reducing unnecessary computing expenses and energy waste by federal entities.

Regardless of whether the new bill gets signed into law, federal data center administrators still have two other acts to consider: the Federal Data Center Consolidation Act (which has saved almost $3 billion to date) and the Data Center Optimization Initiative. So pressure is coming from all sides to streamline operations and pinch pennies. Over the next several years, the federal government hopes to consolidate or close many of its data centers.

Immediate action should therefore be taken by federal IT administrators to reduce unnecessary energy waste. Being proactive now may either delay, or prevent, the closing of a federal data center. Now is not the time to sit back and try to fly under the radar, but to take action.

Server Technology offers multiple solutions that federal data centers can use to reduce energy waste, like Switched Per Outlet Power Sensing power distribution units (Switched POPS PDUs), with highly accurate outlet-level power monitoring and management features.

Server Technology's PDU's are TAA compliant, and have been used by numerous federal agencies including the U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard, Department of Energy, NASA, ARMY, NAVY and the National Institutes of Health.


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Topics: green data center, federal government, government data center, Switched POPS

How to Get the Green Machine Rolling in Your Data Center

Posted by Josh Schaap on Jan 23, 2015 4:42:00 PM

Photo Credit: www.kompass-group.com


You’re tired of maintaining the status quo while other data centers in your industry are going green. You’re ready to start using alternative energy, recycling heat, and implementing green infrastructure.

So, how do you go about actually getting the ball rolling with green energy in your enterprise?

Before you can get started with these exciting projects, there are a number of hurdles that you need to clear. First, you need to get the C-suite on board with your sustainability agenda. There may even be other department heads like IT or facility managers that you need to communicate with as well. After all, no one person is in charge of your data center.

To present a convincing argument in favor of moving forward with emissions-reducing initiatives, make the following points:

Corporate responsibility: A federal mandate requires businesses to reduce CO2 levels by 30 percent of their 2005 levels by 2030. By embracing sustainability now, your business will be ahead of the curve.

Save money: Going green can be as simple as investing in data center power monitoring software. Using this technology, you can keep a close eye on your business’s real-time power consumption and look for ways of reducing your daily load. Your business can also use this technology to monitor its energy usage over time and benchmark its progress (which directly feeds into our first point about reducing CO2 levels by 2030).

Customer appreciation: By going green, your company will also generate positive press. Use UPS’s annual sustainability report as an example of a great resource that can live online and let your customers know that your business is committed to helping the environment.

Topics: green data center, CO2, corporate responsibility