Rackable Systems, IBM Unveil New Green Product, Initiative

Rackable Systems, IBM Unveil New Green Product, Initiative

IBM and Rackable Systems Inc. used last week's LinuxWorld Conference and Expo to announce new environmentally friendly products and services.

Rackable Systems unveiled its Eco-Logical line of storage appliances while IBM separately launched its Big Green Linux initiative just a week after announcing it would consolidate the majority of its data center servers into roughly 30 mainframes running the Linux operating system.

The Big Green Linux initiative is part of its larger Project Big Green, a broad strategy to slash data center energy consumption. The Big Green Linux initiative aims to assist customers further integrate Linux into their operations to cut energy consumption and related costs.

"Businesses, governments and clients around the world are all actively searching for ways to build cooler and more energy-efficient data centers as a way to reduce costs and address environmental concerns," said Inna Kuznetsova, IBM's global executive for Linux, in a statement.

"Customers are increasingly turning to the Linux-consolidation capabilities of IBM's System z and System p platforms, which is one reason IBM estimates that approximately 30 percent of IBM's Linux-related server revenue now comes from non-x86 platforms," she said.

Volkswagen AG and Telefonica Moviles Espana will consolidate their Linux workloads on IBM's POWER processor-based System p platform to boost energy efficiency, IBM also announced. Its Linux Technology Center has helped scale CPU clock speed and voltage, and keep idle CPUs in a tickless, low-power state longer.

"At the Linux Foundation, we've realized that while there have been many recent advances in Linux power management, there are still new, untapped ways to make Linux more green," said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. "Our Green Linux initiative will leverage the power of our members, including IBM, to enhance these improvements."

Rackable Systems called its new Eco-Logical line the next generation of its high-performance RapidScale clustered storage appliances. They are designed for high efficiency, low paper consumption, easy serviceability and remote management.

The power savings extends to any AC- or DC-based data center without sacrificing performance, the company said.

"Our existing RapidScale appliances, clustered with Rackable Systems servers, have enabled us to sustain more than 3.2 Gigabytes per second to disk and double our computational capacity while actually reducing our power costs," said Dr. Charles Taylor, senior HPC engineer at University of Florida. "We look forward to deploying this new generation of RapidScale appliances to achieve even greater performance and savings."

The company's modular data center called Concentro won the LinuxWorld.com Product Excellence Award for most innovative hardware solution at the conference. Concentro is a self-contained, portable data center with extreme server and storage density and efficient cooling system.