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02 Jun 2009
- Published on Tuesday, 02 June 2009 08:30
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Syracuse University and New York State have entered into a multiyear agreement with IBM to build one of the world’s most energy-efficient data centers on the University’s campus.
The center will feature advanced infrastructure and smarter computing technologies to make it one of the most energy-efficient in the world with a projected energy use that is 50% less than a typical data center today.
The $12.4-million, 6,000-square-foot data center will feature its own electrical tri-generation system and incorporate IBM's latest energy-efficient computers and computer-cooling technology. SU will manage and analyze the performance of the center, as well as research and develop new data center energy efficiency analysis and modeling tools. IBM will provide more than $5 million in equipment, design services, and support, which includes supplying the electrical cogeneration equipment and servers such as IBM BladeCenter, IBM Power 575, and IBM z10 systems. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is contributing $2 million to the project.
IBM intends to showcase the data center and its energy-efficient technologies to help clients design new data centers or improve their current operations. Syracuse University will conduct research and analysis of the data center's power and cooling technologies and develop models and simulation tools to monitor, estimate, plan, and control energy use. The center is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.
The project will address a critical concern for modern data centers run by businesses and organizations around the world: ever-spiraling energy consumption and cost driven by growing demand for computer services such as Internet communication, entertainment, global commerce, and services. Data centers in the United States annually consume more than 62 billion kilowatt hours of electricity--equivalent to the amount used by approximately 5.8 million US households--for a total cost of about $4.5 billion. If current trends continue, that usage could double by 2011.
- Katrice R. Jalbuena