Greening your networks by reducing networking energy use

Climate Savers Computing press releaseClimate Savers Computing Initiative launched a new industry workgroup that will develop energy efficiency targets and best practices for networking technologies. This can be a very interesting initiative to get more insight  in the discussion about how does cloud computing energy consumption compare with conventional computing. The role of the network in terms of cloud energy consumption isn’t really clear yet although recently published research results of Microsoft and the university of Melbourne give some indications (see earlier blogs). According to their press release Climate Savers Computing estimates that “the global IT industry can negate 38 million metric tons of CO2 emissions by 2015 through the development and deployment of more energy-efficient networking equipment worldwide.” Also while the energy use of networking equipment is currently only a small percentage of overall building and computing energy use, it is expected to grow by more than 6 percent per year as the number of networking devices in use by consumers and enterprises increases.

The workgroup’s charter specifies that the organization will:

  • Leverage current industry metrics to develop targets and best practices that significantly advance the energy efficiency of networking devices for both the enterprise and service provider segments
  • Work to increase commercial awareness and adoption of higher efficiency networking equipment technology, standards and best practices
  • Utilize the power of the networking device results to advance end-to-end network energy efficiency

The Networking Workgroup includes companies such as Cisco, CompTIA, Emerson Network Power, Finisar, HP, Intel, Juniper Networks, and Sony Electronics.

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