Useful (if somewhat overly Sun flattering) Bloomberg piece out about efforts to cut power consumption and space usage by computer servers.
The electricity bill for operating all the servers in the
U.S. doubled between 2000 and 2005, to $2.7 billion, said
Jonathan Koomey, a consulting professor at Stanford. Servers
account for 1.2 percent of all U.S. energy consumption, or about
the same amount used by all color televisions.
Sun, the fourth-largest server maker, in March planted
Blackbox in New York’s Grand Central Terminal so commuters could
take a look. Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Schwartz is relying
on products such as Blackbox to keep Sun profitable after
emerging from five years of losses.
Blackbox’s cooling system cuts energy consumption by 20
percent, said Darlene Yaplee, a vice president at Santa Clara,