(Gawkwire.com) Last Monday, Green Grid announced that government agencies in Europe, the United States, and Japan have all agreed to utilize the Power Usage Effectiveness Metric in order to help measure the energy efficiency of data centers. This agreement has been a continuing process that began in early February during a meeting between key agencies including the US Department of Energy, US EPA, European Commission JRC Code of Conduct, and the Green IT Promotion Council and Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, both of Japan.
This agreement was designed to create a standardized set of guidelines that every company around the world can use to measure the energy efficiency of their data centers. It also gives companies a way to quantify the successes of energy-reducing techniques that are used at facilities around the globe. A standard sets of metrics will make global communication much more successful and useful in regards to maximizing the efficiency of data centers.
While this is a fantastic starting point, this agreement will need to be followed up with continued global communication, cooperation, and standardization in order to be successful in the long term. Let’s take a look at some potential sticking points that could cause waves in the future if additional agreements cannot be met.
1. Creating Additional Metrics
Coming out this agreement, it was also noted that organizations will need to create additional metrics in order to achieve the goals and results that were set forth in the initial agreement. It could be troubling if these additional metrics are not created soon. A task force has been created to determine when these groups will meet again. The timing of these meetings will be largely based on the amount of progress that is being made.
2. A Lot of Flexibility
While flexibility is great, it can also quickly become a source of conflict. Every participating country will either endorse or adopt guidelines to improve data center energy efficiency. This is done to accomplish some of the goals set within the agreement as well as to test out new sets of metrics, defining each metric, defining how each metric should be measured, and establishing clear avenues for communication in regards to developing new metrics. With every country being given the ability to do what they wish in regards to the definition, collection, and creation of new metrics, the sense of standardization that this agreement is predicated on could quickly disappear.
While this agreement is obviously a fantastic first step in global cooperation in regards to data center energy efficiency, there is a lot more work that needs to be done. It is always important to applaud the first steps of new agreements, at the same time, it is important to recognize that a lot of work still needs to be done.
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