New Metrics released by Green Grid
Green Grid operates on the principal of making IT more efficient. Its Power Usage Effectiveness ratio (PUE) measures the amount of energy a data center consumes in its computing instead of, say, lighting, and other non-computer functions.
What's new is that the Green Grid has added a number of metrics that give a more contextual and comprehensive view of data center sustainability.
Some of the new metrics include WUE, or Water Usage Effectiveness, which is a reading that assesses the water used on-site in operating a data center. This includes water used for humidification as well as water evaporated on-site for energy production or cooling of the data center and its support systems.
The ERE, or Energy Reuse Effectiveness, is another measurement of reusing energy from a Data Center. This reading would provide operators with greater visibility into the energy efficiency opportunities in identifying and recovering energy from their facilities.
Next up is the DCcE, or Data Center Compute Efficiency. This number enables data center operators to determine the efficiency of their compute resources, which allows them to identify areas of inefficiency. DCcE is an important piece of the ongoing work by The Green Grid to measure its own productivity.
In addition to its role as a standards-creating organization, the Green Grid also released a number of tools to help data center managers and operators continue to refine their efforts.
Among the new tools include a Data Center Maturity Model; a system that helps data center operators determine how resource-efficient their facilities are, from "Minimal" to "Visionary." The DCMM touches on every aspect of the data center, from power and cooling to storage and network systems.
The Green Grid continuously updates its site to provide the latest in its innovation, discussions about its work, and many more informative articles in its Library and Tools section.
Since the industry of information technology is ever getting bigger as more and more countries develop and join the field, it becomes significant that at least one company is proactively fine honing the ways the industry can progressively become more efficient.