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Green IT - Billions of kWh's and Counting!

Green IT is a major concern for service providers as they look forward to storing more content, managing and monitoring the resources required to operate these data centers, networks, and services.  More mobile and broadband content is being stored in the cloud by the minute.  We have SaaS, IaaS, BaaS, xaaS.... continuing to drive a worldwide need for significant investment in the cloud.

Problem Statement from "Introduction to Green IT" :  

Why Data Centers?*
  • Highly energy-intensive and rapidly growing
  • Consume 10 to 100 times more energy per square foot than a typical office building
  • Large potential impact on electricity supply and distribution
  • Used about 45 billion kWh in 2005
  • At current rates, power requirements could double in 5 years.

Is Green Software Possible?

“More efficient, 'greener' coding strategies could also come from developments in high performance computing. 
 
The requirement to devise smarter software to exploit parallel, multiprocessor architectures will inevitably mean more efficient use of hardware resources and better coding techniques all round. 
 
It could even mark a return to the obsessions of an earlier age of software development when resources were scarce - when, indeed, hardware was big, energy inefficient and expensive.”  P. Manchester, The Register, UK
 

Researcher Nabs $500k to work on "Green Software":

”… if your data center's energy bill is 10% of your operational cost, it makes sense for programmers to write code that will save energy."  David Liu, BYU - from Fast Company

Example:

  • For example why buy a 16 CPU server and run software that only leverages 1 CPU...
  • You are wasting the energy required to run 15 CPU's sitting idle... 
  • Case Study:  OSSera's SM runs on the same server as existing software which under utilizes the server...  
    • OSSera's Platform Architecture supports a more green OSS Server Configuration by fully utilizing idle CPU's.
    • The OSSera OSS Explorer Platform has the ability to load balance and maximize server processing due to its symmetrically distributed architecture.
 
 
 
Look for major energy savings...
  • Idle Servers and CPU cores: Some OSS software systems were archtected prior to multi-threaded and symmetrically distributed architectures and concepts.  Systems can be over 10 to 20 years old and have not been overhauled.  Rearchitecting software from a single-threaded to a multi-threaded solution is often cost prohibitive and technically not feasible without signficant investment.  Therefore monitor CPU cores, memory usage, overall efficiency of your OSS... note that for ongoing service expansion to 4G, Cloud, CE/ME, etc... ongoing OSS business transformation is required.
  • Data Collection and Mediation Servers (aka Gateway Servers):  An OSS usually runs on 1 or 2 servers... but data collection servers could take up 20 or more servers and this is the major cost savings in energy.   Since OSSera's Data Mediation Platform is also symmetrically distributed, consolidation of hardware can be applied at the gateway processing level too.
  • Performance Management Servers:  Furthermore legacy Performance Management systems which leverage 5, 10, 20, or more servers can greatly be consolidated by leveraging a symmetrically distributed high performance computing architecture like OSSera's Unified Performance Management platform.
  • Customer Experience Management Servers:  2012 and beyond is the year for Service Providers to mine and get the most out of the data they have and additional data through probes.  This data is hundreds of GB's and requires tremendous high computing power.  For real-time dashboards and analysis of this data a solid and efficient high performance computing architecture is required like OSSera's CEM.
For an ROI - look over your existing OSS infrastructure... how many servers do you need to run your existing FM/PM/SM, etc?  How many CPU's are idle?... then look for ways to leverage OSSera's platform to more efficiently manage this to reduce your kWh count.
 
 

*Reference: Introduction to Green 

Greening the Data Center: The IT Industry's Energy Efficiency Imperative

About Green IT and Cloud Computing 2.0 Summit

Green IT Summit 2012 is a one day conference that begins on April 18 and brings together leaders from the private and public sectors to transform the ideas around sustainable information technology generated during the 2010 GreenGov Symposium into actionable plans. It also provides a forum to forge the strategic alliances and partnerships necessary to realize the promise of sustainable IT for federal, state and local agencies.

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