The Power of Incentives on Data Center Efficiency

I recently had the honor of having a blog post published on Corporate EcoForum’s EcoInnovator blog that focused on the role of incentives and data center efficiency.  Take a look: http://corporateecoforum.com/ecoinnovator/?p=7035 As incredible as it sounds, and as I wrote in The IT Energy Efficiency Imperative, a typical data center uses less than 5% of…

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Windows Azure Autoscaling–available now!

In my white paper on IT energy efficiency, I wrote about the need for software developers to design their applications to dynamically scale, so we aren’t simply trading idle servers for idle VMs when applications move to public or private clouds.   Unlike physical server infrastructure which is often statically assigned to specific applications for years,…

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The IT Energy Efficiency Imperative

Once again, I’ve had a long hiatus from blogging.  But I’ve got an excuse (this time!).  I’ve been heads down on finalizing a new white paper on IT energy efficiency.   I also just returned from Corporate EcoForum’s annual meeting where a number of the attendees confirmed the key assertion in the paper – that in most…

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Study: New ENERGY STAR rated server consumes 54% less energy than older server

Microsoft has been working with the  US EPA and HP for the last 6 months or so on a study to compare a new ENERGY STAR-qualified server (2009 model) with a similar, older non-energy star rated servers (2006 model)  The results show quite convincingly that replacing an older server with a new ENERGY STAR-qualified model…

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The Efficiency Imperative

On Monday, I was proud to speak on behalf of Microsoft at Intel Developer Forum 2010 on the critical need for developers to do their part to help improve IT efficiency.  IT efficiency is a component of Greener IT, which is the term Microsoft is using for recognizing that Green IT is a journey rather…

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Windows 7 Power Use Study

In the category of “I wrote this a long time ago but forgot to post it”, Mindteck updated their 2009 white paper which explores power use of various PC platforms using Windows 7. In the new paper, they tested both sleep, idle, low use and high use scenarios and built a model to estimate cost…

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Reducing IT footprint, 15 PCs at a time

What’s better than a classroom full of PCs?  How about 1 PC per classroom?  As backwards as this may sound, it’s exactly the promise of the recently announced Windows MultiPoint Server 2010.  The simple goal of this solution is to reduce the cost of providing a rich Windows PC experience by allowing many users to…

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Disposing of Dead Batteries? Not so fast...

[It’s been a long while since my last post – it’s good to be back!] I replaced some alkaline batteries in my son’s “activity seat” the other day.  As am I allergic to waste, I habitually test the batteries I replace to see if they really are dead.  As I’ve noticed before, in this case…

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Server Efficiency Pot o' Gold

My colleague Matt Robben from the Windows Server performance team has produced a very comprehensive white paper and accompanying blog post which goes into great detail about how you can save energy with Windows Server 2008 power management, including new options for increasing savings even further (up to 10% more than the default configuration, based on…

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