On the first
Earth Day on April 22, 1970, the World Wide Web existed
only in research labs, "texting" was something you wrote in a notebook
and the closest thing to a data center was the public library. On that
day, millions of people gathered at events around the country to learn,
share and work toward innovative solutions to protect our natural
resources. In advance of Earth Day, Jeff Schnitzer, general manager,
GE's Critical Power business (NYSE: GE), discussed recent trends in data
center energy efficiency.
"In 1970, we worried about landfills and paper waste, some 44,310,000
tons of it annually1. Today, those things that were on paper
now are in digital format, with an estimated 639,800 gigabytes of that
digital information2 passing through data centers every
minute. Forty-four years later, Earth Day 2014 reminds us to examine the
impact data centers have on our natural resources and sustainability and
the strides being made by businesses and governments to meet new data
center energy efficiency levels," said Schnitzer.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, data centers
account for up to 2.5 percent of the total electricity generated in the
United States. Schnitzer added, "There are a number of technology
innovations that contribute to the overall energy efficiency of data
centers." Some examples include:
GE's Critical Power business provides mission-critical applications with
end-to-end power product and service solutions that maximize uptime and
power efficiency. The solutions add to GE's broader Industrial Solutions
portfolio of leading technologies designed for the delivery, management
and optimization of electrical power for customers across multiple
industries. To learn more about GE's Critical Power business visit: www.gecriticalpower.com.
GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best
technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in
energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering,
moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For
more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.
Follow GE's Critical Power business on Twitter @GEcriticalpower.
The figures cited in this release unless otherwise noted, are based on
industry-standard information or data collected by GE in the deployment
of critical power systems. The results cited are not a guarantee of
performance or specific results, and individual results may vary based
on specifications and operating conditions.
*Trademark of the General Electric Company; may be registered in one or
1 Earth 911 - United
States Waste in Numbers then and Now 2 Intel - What
Happens in an Internet Minute? 3 BusinessWeek
the Arctic Circle, Where Your Facebook Data Lives 4
CIO - 7
Innovative Data Center Designs 5 IHS - Containerized
Data Centers - World - 2012
[ Back To NFVZone's Homepage ]