Energy Stars for Servers are Finally Here
By Nicole Maloney on May 19, 2009
Yesterday, the EPA published its new Energy Star for Servers spec . Yes, it's the same Energy Star first introduced in 1992 and used on all sorts of consumer products like kitchen appliances, lighting and home electronics. We're ecstatic that energy-efficiency is finally becoming a more transparent piece of the tech sector.
Customers now have a baseline against which to accurately measure and compare the energy-efficiency of servers on the market. In the long run, the Spec will enable customers to reduce their energy consumption and overall carbon footprint. And that's a good thing.
Listen to our own energy-efficiency guru Subodh Bapat, vice president of energy efficiency and Distinguished Engineer at Sun, talk about the Spec and what it means to Sun and our customers on Sun's Blog Talk Radio with host Chhandomay Mandal.
While still in its infancy, the Spec's first draft (Tier 1 it's called) focuses solely on idle power consumption – which is a great place to start but not exactly comprehensive. Let's put it this way: Measuring just idle power consumption is akin to trying to measure the most efficient car based on the gas it burns at a red light vs MPG on the highway.
So what happens now? Look for Sun to announce Energy Star compliant servers in the coming months. Then check out the next rev of the Spec (Tier 2) due out in October 2010. Sun has been actively involved with the EPA in developing and providing feedback on the spec and will continue to do so. We (and most other vendors) hope that the next rev will include performance per watt benchmarking, as well as take into account some of the energy saving innovations for which Sun is known - like multicore chips.
Our work with the EPA's Energy Star program is just one of the many ways Sun supports sustainability internally and externally.