Over the week-end, I read an interesting (French) article in Le Monde about datacenter (in)efficiency. According to the Intelligent Energy Europe EU Programme, the 7 million datacenters located in the EU use up to 40,000,000 kWh, about 1.5% of total European power consumption, and the electricity demand could double between 2006 and 2011. By 2015, energy costs for the operation of servers are expected to exceed the costs of server hardware.
As some kind of a response to this article ;-) Sun inaugurated on Monday its greener datacenter in Broomfield, Colorado. The opening of Sun's fourth energy-efficient datacenter is part of Sun's Eco Responsability initiative to green its business --with e.g. a goal of 20% carbon reduction by 2012. And cut costs by the same token… Eco(logical) = Eco(nomical). Broomfield consolidated 496,000 sq. ft. (46.000 m2) to 126,000 sq. ft. (11.700 m2), saves 1 million kWh in electrical consumption each month, reduces CO2 emissions by 11,000 metric tons per year. The datacenter redesign also incorporates water savings, chemical reduction, and free cooling.
Eco Responsability is a broad and long-term commitment of Sun, which was recognized for it by The CRO's Top 100 Best Corporate Citizens list in 2007 and 2008. Our environmental efforts are along three major axes : greening our business --from greener datacenters to recycling programs; Eco Innovation --designing eco-responsible products and services; and Open Eco --building a community and sharing practices.
Eco Innovation is an area where we increasingly engage in plain hardware adoption --as opposed to the adoption of the full Sun stack, including Solaris and Java Enterprise-- with our ISV partner. Whether they are looking at the 4-Watt Sun Ray desktop, the 2W-per-thread CoolThreads Sparc server, the Thumper hybrid data server, the multi-platform Sun Blade system, the compact and scalable Sun x64 systems, etc… ISV more and more select Sun hardware to run commodity operating systems (Windows, Linux) because they can carry over to their end-users remarkable gains in power consumption and in rack density that will increase the business value of their solutions.