• NetApp Sets The Standard for Energy Efficient IT

    netapp logoComputerworld announced Sunnyvale, Ca.-based NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) received an industry award for lowering emissions by 80 percent at its data center in Research Triangle Park, (RTP) N.C., which opened in 2009 using new technology to significantly lower operating costs while protecting the environment.  NetApp is now leading the pack of IT companies that are drastically lowering CO2 emissions, which improves air quality and saves them money at the same time.

    When “fully utilized,” the technology will reduce CO2 emissions by 95,000 tons per year, which is equivalent to taking 16,000 cars off the road, according to the release, adding that It was the first data center to earn an Energy Star rating from the EPA with a near-perfect score of 99 out of 100. Click here for more information: http://www.netapp.com/us/company/news/news-rel-20101110.html.

    Co-founder of NetApp, Dave Hiltz, says in his blog that the RTP Data Center’s increased efficiency is based on how the facility is cooled using hot rather than cool air. Read his blog at http://blogs.netapp.com/dave/2009/10/why-is-netapps-new-data-center-so-efficient-big-fans-and-hot-air.htm

    “Most data centers cool air to 55 or 60 degrees, but our team figured out how to get effective cooling with 74-degree air. Less cooling equals less energy. The trick is to manage airflow carefully,” Hiltz writes.

    The NetApp RTP Data Center is 132,000 square feet and it houses a 36,000-square-foot dynamic data center supporting 2,166 racks of data-processing equipment with a designed power load of nearly 25 megawatts, according to Brendan B. Read, senior contributing editor of Green.TMCnet.com.

    “And these monsters consume a lot of energy via electrical power generating stations. Energy that in its production and transmission has varying environmental impacts: air, soil and water pollutants, open space and wildlife habitat consumption and destruction, and noise and visual pollution,” Read writes in his blog at http://green.tmcnet.com/topics/green/articles/66085-netapp-unveils-new-radically-efficient-data-center.htm

    Given those facts, Read added that NetApp understands the need to control efficiency.

    NetApp was the SNW (Storage Networking World) winner of the Fall 2010 “Best Practices” Awards Program in the Energy Efficiency, Green Computing, and Data Center category.

    Thom Bryant, vice president of Workplace Resources at NetApp, said “We built the RTP data center from the ground up to be the example of how companies can deploy flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructures that deliver the service levels they need and also maximize IT efficiency.”

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