PG&E Rebates

Our CEO, Jonathan, beat me to the publish button, so here's a rerun... California's main electric utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, has added Sun's CoolThreads servers, the T1000 and the T2000 to its list of retrofits that qualify for Non Residential rebates. Many of you would be familiar with local utilities subsidizing energy efficiency by granting rebates when you replace older air conditioners or refrigerators with more efficient ones. Well now the same concept has been applied to the power hungry servers used by businesses. Replace an older server with one from Sun's CoolThreads product line and you'll get a rebate of $700-$1000 from PG&E. This latest incentive is added to the already impressive list of reasons to consolidate old equipment onto these machines, lower electric consumption $1000/year per server, increase the amount of performance you can get from your existing co-lo rental agreement by making for more computations within the same rackspace, power allotment and cooling envelope.

The eco-responsbile rebate offer has been written up at eWeek.com with an excellent interview of Joyent's experience with energy savings and at SearchDataCenter.com.

Last week marked my first opportunity to do performance testing on T2000's. Its remarkable to see the single UltraSparc T1 chip present itself as a 32-way SMP to Solaris.

                            CPU                 CPU
Location     CPU   Freq     Implementation      Mask
------------ ----- -------- ------------------- -----
MB/CMP0/P0       0 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P1       1 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P2       2 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P3       3 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P4       4 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P5       5 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P6       6 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P7       7 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P8       8 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P9       9 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P10     10 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P11     11 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P12     12 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P13     13 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P14     14 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P15     15 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P16     16 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P17     17 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P18     18 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P19     19 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P20     20 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P21     21 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P22     22 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P23     23 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P24     24 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P25     25 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P26     26 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P27     27 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P28     28 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P29     29 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P30     30 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
MB/CMP0/P31     31 1200 MHz  SUNW,UltraSPARC-T1
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