Dell reported that they have made dramatic progress on one of their green initiatives as their server power supplies now sport 92 percent efficiency when the server is at a 50 percent load. The new power supplies comply with both the "80 Plus Gold" certification as well as the target set by the Climate Savers consortium, a target set for 2009. The next step would seem to be a "miles per gallon" type rating for servers so that consumers can compare the relative power consumption when comparing servers they plan to buy.
This development is good news, particularly in light of a recent study that found that 65% of respondents did not have specific plans for improving power consumption in their data centers. There are already a number of options for reducing computer power consumption, including the EPA's Energy Star program and the ACPI standard for powering down components when they are not in use. According to a whitepaper commissioned by The Register, the top issues driving environmental initiatives were money, regulation, and the reputation of the firm.
Score One for the Do-Gooders. But Now What? (News.com)
Green Computing Can Save Energy — and Save Your Business Money (Asheville Citizen-Times)
We've Harvested Your Green Computing Views (The Register)
Green initiatives are certainly coming to the forefront, with some estimates saying that $7 billion will be spent on clean energy by 2030. Most people are also willing to go green if their employers start such initiatives. Many such programs are quite easy to implement, the EPA has an application available for free that centralizes the implementation of ACPI standards and, though it is barebones and lacks reporting features, works like a charm. Has your company started greening up its IT infrastructure?