Windows Server Power Management
To the uninitiated, the so-called green features installed with Windows Server 2008 R2 might seem like nothing more than corporate charity aimed at environmentalists. While companies are all too eager to bask in the good guy status generated by incorporating energy saving measures and processes into their products, there is actually a significant business reason driving the inclusion of these features in products like Windows Server.
For decades, corporations have been building data centers and server rooms complete with raised floors and their own separate air conditioning systems to deal with the large amounts of heat generated by powerful servers, storage systems, and other components. These rooms were driven by necessity because overheating can cause the most stable of systems to fail. And, as processors became faster, and hard drives spun even more quickly, the amount of heat they generated grew by leaps and bounds.
Along the way, something else began to emerge, data centers with their own separate power supplies and generators. At first, these innovations were driven by the need for 24/7 server usage and a business necessity to achieve as near-zero downtime as possible. But, as data centers and server rooms grew, there emerged another necessity, the ability to get enough power to these massive computer centers without having to completely re-engineer the whole building’s power distribution system.
Wasted Power = Wasted Money
On the smallest of scales, the new power management capabilities built into Server 2008 R2 offer only small energy savings at best. A single server running the fastest processors, hard drives, and components won’t draw much more power than that old space heater the receptionist on the third floor keeps under the desk. However, like many things, when one stops to add all of the little differences up, the result ends up being a very big difference.
Recently, Google applied to U.S. regulators to become a national utility for the purposes of electricity generation and distribution, and more importantly, participation in the wholesale power markets.
Conspiracy theories aside, the move was largely driven by necessity because Google’s enormous datacenters require so much electricity that simply relying on the local utilities is becoming impractical.
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