Wikibon launches energy initiative

By Dave Simpson

-- Wikibon, a technology research and advisory community, today announced an energy conservation initiative -- dubbed Conserve IT -- that is designed to assist IT organizations in qualifying for discounts from Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The program is initially limited to PG&E (and its northern and central California regions) and storage products, but Wikibon plans to bring other utilities into the fold, as well as other IT product categories, including servers, communications equipment, and software.

"We're bringing together the utilities industry and the IT industry for the mutual benefit of their customers and the environment," says David Vellante, co-founder and principal contributor at Wikibon. Vellante notes that storage accounts for approximately 20% to 30% of IT's overall energy consumption.

Storage vendors participating in the Conserve IT program include 3PAR, Compellent, DataDirect Networks, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, Nexsan, and Xiotech. 3PAR announced today that it has been validated by Wikibon and PG&E under the program. As a result, 3PAR customers may be eligible for discounts/rebates from PG&E.

Energy-saving storage technologies under review by Wikibon's Conserve IT program include massive array of idle disks (MAID), virtualization, thin provisioning, tiered storage management, flash drives, "intelligent spindown" technology, and data de-duplication. The organization has established the Wikibon Energy Lab to assist vendors in validating their energy-saving technologies and qualifying with utilities for rebates. For more information, go to Conserve IT

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This article was originally published on August 04, 2008