Friday, November 1, 2013
Colocation Providers, Customers Trade Tips on Energy Savings
Colocation and Energy Unite
PALO ALTO, Calif. –
Customers of colocation facilities don’t always see eye to eye with the companies whose infrastructure and energy they depend on, but at times, their interests do align. At the 2013 Data Center Efficiency Summit on Tuesday, representatives of both groups shared ideas about how they could improve energy efficiency and rely more on renewable power.
Nicole Peill-Moelter, director of environmental sustainability at Akamai, called on colocation providers to share data on power usage with customers.
Sharing Best Practices
Then again, a colocation customer could share best practices with other companies running infrastructure in the same facility. “I think that would break down some of the barriers that we face,” said Tom Fisher, a sustainability manager at Salesforce.com. Colocation providers could also assist their customers by offering incentives for energy-efficient practices or helping to trouble-shoot obvious inefficiencies that could worsen site-wide Power Usage Efficiency (PUE). To some degree, that’s already happening.
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