HP’s EcoPOD a Lesson in Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is an integral part of maintaining sustainable buildings and technology.  Hewlett-Packard is proving it knows just how important saving energy can be with its new EcoPOD (Performance Optimized Datacenter).

This 900-square-foot data center is capable of housing more than 4,400 servers in what HP estimates will fit into 88 percent less space than traditional data centers.  It will also use up to 95 percent less energy, thanks to HP’s Adaptive Cooling Technology and hot- and cold-aisle containment.  This makes it one the most efficient data centers with power usage effectiveness (PUE) as low as 1.05. 

Read more about the EcoPOD on GreenBiz.com or check out HP’s website.

Why it’s important 

With the advent of technology and information-sharing, virtually every business needs data-storing capabilities.  Yet, existing data centers are quickly running out of space – space that is costing money and energy. 

And saving energy is as important for our environment as recycling and water conservation. 

The Lance Armstrong Foundation has some great reasons for anyone – business or individual – to save energy:

  • Reduce pollution: Creating energy burns fossil fuels that create pollution and negatively affect our environment.
  • Save money: Cutting down on your energy consumption also cuts down on your utility bills.
  • Benefit your health: You can walk or ride a bike instead of driving a car to conserve energy and get a little exercise at the same time!

 How to do it

  • Turn off your lights when you leave the room
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs – they use 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs
  • Shut down your computer and monitor when you’re not using them
  • Take a shower instead of a bath to reduce the amount of water and heat you use

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