Hello! I am a Worldwide Product Manager with the Business Critical Systems marketing team, focused on mission-critical rackmount servers. I am interested in many topics related to mission-critical computing, Converged Infrastructure, and datacenter management.
Right now, as winter looms, I’m thinking about the ENERGY STAR® HVAC unit I purchased recently for my home. This summer I was surprised that the electric bill dropped over 30% per month, as promised in the system literature. And I expect to realize the same savings this winter. As further confirmation of a good purchase, our electric company ranks each house in our neighborhood on their energy efficiency—my house went from dead last to #5! And for once, I’m looking forward to April 15—the U.S. tax day—because of the big tax credit gained from purchasing an ENERGY STAR system.
These savings got my attention! So, what about the power & cooling costs in IT datacenters? Can they be similarly impacted by ENERGY STAR systems? Maybe it’s not all about price and performance anymore…. In fact, IDC claims that eco-friendliness and energy efficiency are becoming significant factors enterprises consider when they purchase and deploy IT equipment.
Read the IDC Brief: The Environmental Product Life Cycle: Eco-Conscious Use through Efficient Power and Cooling
What Is ENERGY STAR?
ENERGY STAR® is a voluntary energy efficiency program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Products that are ENERGY STAR qualified use less energy and prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.
These ENERGY STAR specifications have been extended to include servers; enabling customers to choose the most energy-efficient platforms to lower energy costs in the data center and to improve their business’ environmental impact.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® program has recently been adopted by Australia, the European Union, Japan and Korea.
HP Integrity rx2800 i2 Server Is ENERGY STAR Certified
The rx2800 i2 is the first HP Integrity rackmount server to earn this ENERGY STAR certification. As companies assess their power management requirements, this certification is certain to become a “must have” in the feature check-box list. In fact, some customers are already required by the government to purchase only ENERGY STAR qualified products.
Moreover, because the HP Integrity rx2800 i2 Server is ENERGY STAR qualified, it can save you money by reducing energy costs and helps protect the environment—without sacrificing features, performance, or mission-critical availability.
The ENERGY STAR certifications are configuration specific, and require a certain compute power to power ratio, so work your HP sales representative to determine which server configuration is right for your business’ needs.
ENERGY STAR Facts
- Computer servers that earn the ENERGY STAR will be, on average, 30 percent more energy efficient than standard servers.
- If all servers sold in the United States meet this new specification, energy cost savings would grow to $800 million per year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from over one million vehicles.
- More efficient servers will directly reduce the energy needs of the infrastructure, making the overall facility more efficient and reducing its carbon footprint.
Computer servers that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR include:
- Efficient power supplies that have smaller conversion losses and generate less waste heat, reducing the need for excess air conditioning in the facilities where they are housed.
- Improved power quality which provides building-wide efficiency benefits.
- Capabilities to measure real time power use, processor utilization, and air temperature, which improves manageability and lowers total cost of ownership.
- Advanced power management features and efficient components to save energy across various operating states including idle.
- A Power and Performance Data Sheet for purchasers that standardizes key information on energy performance, features, and other capabilities.