An agreed standard to measure the energy efficiency of servers could move a step closer later this month at a new technical workshop hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of its investigation for Congress on whether its Energy Star labeling scheme could be extended to enterprise servers.
IT industry stakeholders, including server, component and software manufacturers, datacentre operators and energy efficiency advocacy groups, are being invited attend the event in Santa Clara, California on February 16th.
Environmentalists have welcomed the EPA initiative, claiming that a labeling system for energy efficient servers would make it far easier for firms to set up efficient datacentres. However, opinion is divided on the viability of such a scheme with some IT vendors arguing that the wide range of different configurations and workloads imposed on servers makes energy efficiency comparisons extremely difficult.
Industry stakeholders wanting to attend the event can register their interest with the EPA by emailing [email protected]. Notes and presentations from the workshop will be made available online following the event.
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