Monday, September 22, 2008
Bryan Information Technology goes green
Bryan’s information technology department announced this week that it has implemented new practices to reduce power consumption.
The IT department in the past has used large amounts of energy resources to maintain computer applications. Servers, for example, not only need electricity to operate, but they also require large amounts of energy to cool. Many entities pay energy costs to run data centers at 100 percent capacity but are actually only using 5 percent to 40 percent of that capacity.
“It’s a tremendous waste,” said Bryan IT Director Gus Roman. “We recognized this and took the initiative to ‘virtualize’ and consolidate many of our underutilized servers.”
The IT department is now running multiple operating systems on a single piece of equipment. The effort reduces electrical costs for running servers and the air conditioning needed to cool them.
For every server that is “virtualized,” the annual savings are about 7,000 kilowatt hours – which is equivalent to eliminating 4 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, taking 1.5 cars off the road or planting 55 trees. To date, the Bryan IT department has consolidated 50 servers into 19. The savings is the same as eliminating 124 tons of carbon dioxide, taking 46 cars off the road or planting more than 1,700 trees.
“In addition to energy savings and lower capital expenses due to more efficient use of the city’s hardware resources, we have also gotten higher availability of resources, better desktop management tools, increased security and improved disaster recovery processes as a benefit of our virtual infrastructure,” Roman said.
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