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The Green Grid signs MOU with EPA and SNIA


June 7, 2008
By Alyssa Dalton

The Green Grid—a global consortium dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centres and business computing ecosystems—announced Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).

The
Grid’s agreement with the EPA will promote energy efficiency in the
latter’s computer facilities; results will then be shared to effect
change within other governmental agencies and the private sector. The
alliance with SNIA is designed to further networked storage best
practices for energy efficiency.


 

The
Green Grid’s collaboration with the EPA will accelerate the adoption of
best practices for energy efficiency in existing computer/server rooms
throughout the EPA. As an initial step The Green Grid and the EPA will
identify an existing small EPA computer/server room as a target for an
energy efficiency showcase, and execute a public project demonstrating
the feasibility, approach and benefits of optimization. The results,
best practices and real-world takeaways from this project will be
shared with other governmental agencies, industry stakeholders and the
private sector.




“Within
the IT industry, there are a number of professionals who are
responsible for data centre functionality—from CIOs and IT managers to
heating and cooling experts. It is imperative that we look at the
energy efficiency issue from a single, united point of view,” said Mark
Monroe, director of The Green Grid. “Together we can leverage each
other’s core expertise and areas of focus to deliver a holistic and
complete approach for an energy efficient data centre.”