General Electric Launching Green Data Center

So General Electric announced that their new 48 million dollar data center received platinum  status.  They  unveiled the new data centre at its Appliance Park headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky.  I saw this article on and it went on to say, “This most efficient data center in Kentucky is equipped with high-efficiency cooling systems, high-density servers to increase computer power per square foot to cut the size of the data centre floor in half compared to its previous size. Alan Kocsi, chief information officer, General Electric (NYSE:GE) Appliances & Lighting, said that, “As GE invests in the business and creates more manufacturing jobs in the U.S., our new high-efficiency data centre will help us manage energy costs so we can compete in a global marketplace. General Electric (NYSE:GE)’s new data centre will also provide the high-density computing necessary to support global business growth and significant manufacturing-revitalization efforts that will provide customers with innovative technologies, high-quality products, and better customer service”. To view the article you can click here

So how can you make your data center more “green”? This comic was inspired by that very question. When you think about how much energy a data center consumes its hard to imagine that it could ever be considered “green”. That being said, here are ways to reduce your energy consumption and overall they are relativity inexpensive.

1) Blanking panels: you wouldn’t think they make a huge difference but the more you can consolidate your hot air the better. There is actually a new product getting released this month that is a blanking shade by Panduit. These are perfect when you have a very large switch and you need to blank out half a cabinet.  Here is a link to the you tube video:

2) Cool boots:  Raised Floor Assembly, an innovative solution that helps conserve energy by reducing bypass air within a hot aisle/cold aisle environment. A greater amount of conditioned air is redirected toward cooling network equipment thus minimizing the risk associated with overheating. As a result, the overall cost of cooling the data center can be significantly reduced, as quantified in the white paper, “The Importance of Air Sealing Grommets to Improving Data Center Cooling Efficiency” available at

3)  Data Center Environmental Monitoring:  There is talk of federal mandates and regulations on data center performance. But even before these arrive, measuring the effectiveness of your data center is a good idea. Because data centers consume a lot of energy, there are significant financial incentives to insure that optimal performance is being achieved. By developing a meaningful set of monitoring tools, you can determine your system’s performance level and thereby associated energy waste .  It can assure that both adequate cooling capacity and thermal control are being met in your center. Monitoring can also be extended one step further to security and water detection, alerting you immediately when there might a leak or someone opening a cabinet.  It ultimately promotes informative decision making and can prevent some worst case scenarios .  Also, monitoring operation can also detect unexplained changes in system performance which is a good indicator of future problems and possible failures.

If you want any additional info or if you would like to purchase the material above please let me know, i’m here to help! 🙂

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