Quantifying Productivity with the Green Grid's DCeP Metric
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Quantifying Productivity with the Green Grid's DCeP Metric

By CIOReview | Friday, March 21, 2014

FREMONT, CA: The escalating demand for the data center and rise in its energy costs has become a challenge for the operators to restructure their data centers to consume less energy. The Green Grid that helps in improving the resources in the computing eco system has announced a new family of metric for the data center to provide efficient work, reports Jason Verge of Data Center Knowledge.

Data Center Energy Productivity is the new framework of the company and its goal is to quantify the amount of useful data center work in relation to the amount of energy it consumes. Leaving behind its predecessor Power Usage Efficiency, this new metric creates more detailed measurement and can be applied to business itself.

“With escalating demand for data center operations and rising energy costs, it is essential for data center owners and operators monitor, assess and improve performance using energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission metrics. This is why the recommendations of the taskforce are so important,” says Deva Bodas, principal engineer and lead architect for Server Power Management at Intel Corporation and board member for the Green Grid.

The company faced different challenges before framing the DCeP metric as there were differences in online businesses and how they measure ‘useful work’. After working and coming up with different metrics like Green Energy Coefficient, Energy Reuse Factor, Carbon Usage Effectiveness and Power Usage Efficiency year after year, the Green Grid has finally arrived with DCeP to measure productivity.

DCeP allows each user to create custom metric to match with their environment and with its thorough use any inconsistencies can be comparatively minimized to harmonize the industry.

The Green Grid works on different metrics for measuring efficiency in the data center and DCeP is the result of five years of collective work force of the company, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The European Commission, Japan’s Ministry of Economy and Japan’s Green IT Promotion Council.