Digital Realty Trust Releases Data Center Efficiency Stats, Receives Green Award

Digital Realty Trust Releases Data Center Efficiency Stats, Receives Green Award

Data center owner and manager Digital Realty Trust has started to compile and release information on the energy efficiency of its facilities.

The company is starting off with five locations in California and New Jersey, out of the more than 70 facilities it has in North American and Europe, providing data center customers with specs on energy use at the centers.

The company is using the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric for measuring and reporting energy efficiency. Promoted by The Green Grid, PUE measures the ratio of power used for IT equipment to the total amount of power used by the data center facility. It shows how much energy is going to computing and IT components such as servers as opposed to other energy uses like cooling and lighting

"It will not only provide data center operators with important benchmarks for measuring and improving data center efficiency, it will also provide customers with valuable information about how their data center facility and their data center partners are supporting their green IT strategy," said Jim Smith, vice president of engineering.

By the end of 2008, Digital Realty Trust plans to provide customers with remote access to real-time information on their energy use.

The company's adoption of the PUE metric has helped it win one of InfoWorld's 2008 Green 15 Awards. Digital Realty Trust was selected for also building the industry's first LEED Gold data center, a 1.1 million square foot facility in Chicago.
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