By dd on Jan 21, 2010
Over its three year history The Green Grid has become a critical resource in the effort to make the world's datacenters sustainable. What I particularly appreciate is the focus on practical information and tools, in addition to the standards and advocacy work that you would expect.
One of the core tenets of the group, from the beginning, is that it include end-user companies as well as datacenter product and service providers. Despite that fact that over 15% of the membership is end-user companies, the organization continues to fight rumors that it is limited to IT providers.
Mark Monroe, Sun's rep on The Green Grid and current Green Grid Treasurer, summarizes the situation:
...there is a strong rumor that "end user" organizations, i.e., non-IT equipment or service vendors, "are not allowed to join The Green Grid." The rumor appears to be especially strong in the financial community.
The Green Grid was formed with the idea that it was to be "an end-user driven organization" right from the start. More than 15% of TGG's members are pure end user organizations, that is, companies that offer no products or services in the IT arena, but only use IT equipment in their operations.
In addition, TGG formed an end user Advisory Council in November of 2008 to help guide the organization at the highest level. The Advisory Council consists of 8 large end user companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Walt Disney, ADP, Strato AG, eBay, Nationwide, and Tokyo Electric Power, who meet and advise the board of directors of The Green Grid directly on issues of organization direction and strategy.
Membership is open to any company, any size, industry, or geography who is interested in improving data center efficiency. When a company joins, every employee is eligible to participate in The Green Grid's work, and contribute to the effort of improving the efficiency of data centers globally.
Please help get the word out, and support TGG anyway you can!