New York, New York – (The Hosting News) – February 23, 2007 – A study that comprehensively calculated the energy consumed by national and global data centers annually, found that in 2005, in the U.S. alone, data centers and their associated infrastructure consumed five million kW of energy, the equivalent of five 1,000 MW power plants.
Revealed in a keynote address at the LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit in New York today, Randy Allen, Corporate Vice president, Server and Workstation Division, AMD (NYSE: AMD), addressed the need for thorough, credible estimates on data center power use.
As a result of the studyâ€™s startling findings and to demonstrate its commitment to lead the industry to energy-efficient computing, AMD is challenging stakeholders both within and outside the industry to step-up efforts to increase energy efficiency in order to reduce energy consumption and associated costs.
Supported by a grant from AMD and authored by Jonathan Koomey, Ph.D., staff scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories and consulting professor, Stanford University, the study calculates the total power used by servers both in the U.S. and around the world. The study builds on data from analyst firm IDC on the stocks and shipments of servers, as well as measured data and published estimates of the power per unit used by various server models.
The study found that in 2005, total data center electricity consumption in the U.S., including servers, cooling and auxiliary equipment, was approximately 45 billion kWh, resulting in total utility bills amounting to $2.7 billion, with total data center power and electricity consumption for the world estimated to cost $7.2 billion annually. The report also examines the growth in electricity demands since the year 2000, concluding that over the last five years server energy use has doubled.
â€œThough we have long known that data centers worldwide consume a significant amount of energy, AMD believes Dr. Koomeyâ€™s findings are a wake-up call not just for the IT industry, but also for global business, government and policy leaders,â€ explained AMDâ€™s Allen. â€œThis study demonstrates that unchecked demand for data center energy use can constrain growth and present real business challenges. New generations of energy-efficient servers are now able to help provide IT departments with a path to reduce their energy consumption while still achieving the performance they require.â€
In his keynote address, Mr. Allen acknowledged that ongoing work between industry leaders and governmental agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is helping to identify meaningful steps to reduce IT industry energy consumption. Citing the studyâ€™s findings, Allen challenged these groups to accelerate their efforts and suggested several next steps to help bring accountability and measurement into tracking the industryâ€™s efforts, including:
- Instituting an annual report on energy efficiency in U.S. data centers, to measure progress and determine new opportunities and challenges;
- Developing a mechanism to enable businesses, large and small, to measure their own data center efficiency; and
- Increasing alignment between government and vendor-neutral industry groups to foster the development of energy-efficient data centers for the future.
Andrew Fanara, Team Leader of U.S. ENERGY STAR Product Specifications, EPA added, â€œThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) applauds AMD and this latest benchmarking effort to better understand the global impact data centers have on energy consumption. We are looking forward to continuing our work with the IT industry to forge new, energy-efficient solutions that benefit both consumers and our global environment.â€
Dr. Koomeyâ€™s study was subject to peer review by IT industry, government and energy efficiency policy professionals. AMD plans to share the studyâ€™s findings at an industry stakeholder workshop in Silicon Valle. Organized by the EPA, the workshop is designed to explore technical issues relating to a study mandated by the U.S. Congress and requiring #27032 the EPA, â€œto study and promote the use of energy-efficient computer servers in the United States.â€
Mr. Allen concluded, â€œThese issues, traditionally thought of as issues reserved for a companyâ€™s IT department, need to be brought directly into the board room. Our hope is that this study will not only advance this critical industry discussion and help the EPA meet its mandate, but also significantly advance AMDâ€™s commitment to lead the industry to energy-efficient computing.â€
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