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Senate Bill Encourages Energy Efficient Computing

By December 28, 2006

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that proclaims it is "in the best interest of the United States for purchasers of computer servers to give high priority to energy efficiency as a factor in determining best value and performance for purchases of computer servers." This comes in response to the fact that larger companies spend 15 to 20 percent of their data centers' operating budget on power and cooling, said Piper Cole, a vice president at Sun Microsystems. Cole went on to add that by 2009, U.S. businesses will be coughing up twice as much for power and cooling as they did to buy the data centers' server hardware in the first place.

The Senate action comes as a delayed response to actions taken by the server market. Companies such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Sun Microsystems have had energy efficient servers on the market for some time now with Sun being the front runner after introducing its UltraSPARC processors.

To further research and development of energy efficient computing practices, many of the large IT companies, including the ones mentioned earlier, have founded The Green Grid to further educate information technology professionals to energy efficient computing.

Saving energy on computing is not limited to the large scale IT shops though. Small companies can take steps such as utilizing Windows power save options to do their part.
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