Green Data Center
BlueBridge Networks is committed to helping the environment as it continuously moves to and maintains a “green friendly” data center and cloud computing environment.
We started with the question, “what are the standards for Green Data Centers?” and “how are we Green now?”. While the industry is still struggling with agreement on a single standard, we have discovered that BlueBridge has already begun several initiatives on this path.
Basically, a green data center is a repository for the storage, management, and dissemination of data in which the mechanical, lighting, electrical and computer systems that are designed for maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact.
At first, it appeared to be a daunting task for a data center to be Green. So, as we began to investigate, we were pleasantly surprised to find out the many ways we are Green already – even the simple examples of reducing and recycling paper, aluminum cans and using glassware instead of Styrofoam in the office. This began an intention and practice.
Many of the recent investments we have made have squarely set us on the right path. Starting with our own internal network, we now use virtual server consolidation technologies to reduce the number of servers ongoing and maximize compute power and longevity. This along with smart energy management tools, have radically reduced power consumption on the servers themselves and have dramatically reduced heat output, thereby reducing significant power consumption for cooling.
Moreover, employing smart power distribution and power monitoring systems provides us with the tools needed to help our customers reduce power consumption through more efficient power delivery. Additionally, airflow studies past and present facilitate more efficient utilization for cooling throughout the data center. All reduce power consumption.
Energy efficiency and savings add up. A watt saved in the data center saves at least a watt in cooling. It is amazing that there is so much work being done by others that can be incorporated into a company with just a little creativity and investment. Over time, larger investments can continue to be made that will be green friendly and provide a good return on investment. This all helps to reduce costs and improve efficiencies for our BlueBridge Networks green data center customers.
As we continue to research green data center designs, we are able to learn more about the best and most efficient use of cooling, power consumption and yield. It all begins with awareness and a willingness to be a friend of the good earth.