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PlateSpins PowerRecon 3.0 analysis tool promotes greening of the data centre

Toronto-based PlateSpin Ltd. today released an upgrade to its data centre planning and analysis tool that it says w...


April 11, 2007  


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Toronto-based PlateSpin Ltd. today released an upgrade to its data centre planning and analysis tool that it says will help organizations achieve new operational efficiencies while accelerating the path to environmental responsibility.

A key feature in PowerRecon 3.0 is the ability to analyze and report on power and cooling requirements and create plans for reducing energy consumption in the data centre.

With rising energy prices and growing concerns about global warming, power consumption is becoming a critical factor for data centre budgets.

The issue is compounded by high-density equipment such as blade servers, which need a lot of power to run, as well as significant HVAC resources.

According to a report by Gartner analyst Michael Bell published this past December, in the shorter term, the heat/power problem will become an increasingly important problem that data centre managers need to address. Half of todays data centres will have insufficient power and cooling capacity to meet the demands of high-density equipment in two years.

The data centres impact on the environment has received enough attention to warrant California utility PG&E to offer rebates to organizations of US$300 to US$600 for each server eliminated through virtualization, PlateSpin said in a statement.