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HP cuts organizations power usage by 30 percent

Anuradha Shukla | June 4, 2012
Unveils architecture for a data center that requires no net energy from traditional power grids.

HP is enabling organizations to cut total power usage by 30 percent by releasing architecture for a data center that requires no net energy from traditional power grids.

Research from HP Labs, the company's central research arm shows how the architecture, combined with holistic energy-management techniques, can aid organizations to cut dependence on grid power and costs by more than 80 percent.

The HP Net-Zero Energy Data Center architecture is opening up the possibility of introducing IT services to organizations of all sizes.

This architecture integrates energy and cooling supply from local renewable sources with a demand-management approach.

This unique approach allows the scheduling of IT workloads based on resource availability and performance requirements.

Game-changing blueprint

This game-changing blueprint of the HP Net-Zero Energy Data Center architecture has been tested at the sustainable data center at HP Labs headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

Several tasks can be accomplished with this milestone achievement. Businesses can now reschedule noncritical, delay-tolerant workloads during daylight hours to coincide with solar supply for data centers equipped with photovoltaic energy generation.

Demand can thus be moulded according to resource availability to reduce reliance on nonrenewable resources and enable more customers to leverage IT services.

"Information technology has the power to be an equalizer across societies globally, but the cost of IT services, and by extension the cost of energy, is prohibitive and inhibits widespread adoption," said Cullen Bash, distinguished technologist, HP, and interim director, Sustainable Ecosystems Research Group, HP Labs. "The HP Net-Zero Energy Data Center not only aims to minimize the environmental impact of computing, but also has a goal of reducing energy costs associated with data-center operations to extend the reach of IT accessibility globally."

The HP Net-Zero Energy Data Center architecture will be showcased at HP Discover, the company's premier client event, which takes place June 4-7 in Las Vegas.

 

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