EnergyStar Ratings for Servers

Stephen Shankland has an interesting article over at CNET where he talks about how the US Government is looking at expanding the EnergyStar rating program to include servers.  Dave Douglas has some additional notes on this over at his blog.

I know that a lot of people think all this talk about energy efficiency in servers is just a way to try to market something other than Mhz.  However, I can tell you in my trips to Wall Street in 2005 and 2006 I talked to a lot of serious IT folks who were worried about noting more than controlling the energy consumption of their data centers.  It's been the single biggest limiting factor in their ability to grow the amount of computing power they use.  Let's face it, $1,000 x86 servers are cheap until the next one costs you $100,000,000 to build a new data center in New Jersey. 

Check out this podcast over at eweek to hear more from Dave. 

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