Computerworld Italia Digital Edition, June 2010
Project: Winning project of Regione Lombardia Metadistretti 2008 bid
Sector: Public Administration
Aim: Energy saving in data centers
Solution: Creation of an Enterprise Performance Management system
The theme of energy efficiency and an attention to energy consumption are making inroads into the IT world more and more, especially as regards those elements considered among the most energy-guzzling on the planet, i.e. data centers. For a data center, whether a large company or a service provider, the energy element with relative associated costs requires increased attention and must take on an ever-greater weight in calculating the Total Cost of Ownership.
Milan and other important areas of national importance took part in the Energ-IT project, co-financed by the Regione Lombardia. The aim of the project was to introduce tools to support data centers in increasing energy efficiency. Tools were created for the following:
Beta 80 Group, relying on its experience in the field of Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management, approached the theme of energy efficiency in a new way, which was closer to the tools that the company management uses daily. What was developed is in fact a management dashboard enabling, among other things, the following procedures:
The Energ-IT suite was experimented in a data center of 130 servers with an annual cost in electricity of around 70,000 Euros. Implementation of the solution, without significant modifications to systems with critical applications (and limiting investments for optimization), led to a saving on the energy bill of around 12,000 Euros, equal to 17%.