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IBM announces $1bn 'green computing' plan

$1bn-a-year on energy-efficient data centres

Diagnosis will then turn to a building phase, which helps customers plan, build or update energy-efficient data centres. IBM will provide an Energy Efficiency Self Assessment that gives customers a view of their data centre's energy efficiency. The company also will offer preconfigured, 500-square-foot or 1,000-square-foot Scalable Modular Data Centers, which can be implemented in eight to 12 weeks. IBM also will provide cabling recommendations for improving air flow beneath data-center floors and reducing cabling expenditures.

The next step in the initiative is the virtualisation of customers' server and storage infrastructure and the deployment of energy-saving special-purpose processors, such as the Cell processor. Using the company's BladeCenter servers with embedded Ethernet and Fibre Channel switches, for example, can save customers 50 percent of the power per port compared with a typical rack-mounted server.

Customers then will be encouraged to use power and provisioning software to reduce server and storage energy consumption and to cool the data center inside and out with liquid-cooling technologies. The company unveiled the IBM Data Center Stored Cooling Solution and recommended the use of its Rear Door Heat eXchanger for its servers. The company also plans to introduce a new set of liquid-cooling technologies later this year.


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