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Contact: Olli Ernvall
olli.ernvall@vtt.fi
358-207-226-747
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

New technology reduces data center energy consumption by more than 20 percent

Energy-aware plug-in enables significant energy and cost savings in data centers

FIT4Green – project concentrated in finding new solutions for saving energy in data centres. The project designed and implemented an energy-aware plug-in on top of the current data centres' management tools to orchestrate the allocation of ICT resources and turning off unused equipment. Project achieved its goal: 20 % direct ICT equipment energy savings without compromising compliance with Service Level Agreements (SLA) and Quality of Service (QoS) metrics. The achieved savings in CO2 emissions were on the same scale as in energy. The direct energy savings in the ICT equipment induce also remarkable additional savings due to the reduced needs for cooling, for example.

FIT4Green plug-in is designed to be applicable to any data centre type. The plug-in was validated in three representative data centres: service/enterprise portal at ENI, supercomputing data centre at Jülich Supercomputing Centre with a federated site at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and cloud computing platform at HP. VTT's work in the project concentrated on the optimizations in the supercomputing scenario. The target of 20% was reached in each test bed, and in some cases the savings were even up to 50%. The comparison point for all the savings was the same system without any energy optimizations.

All the 16 public deliverables of the project are freely available on the project web site at http://www.fit4green.eu/. The plug-in code has also been released as open source software.

FIT4Green was coordinated by GFI Informática with HP Italy Innovation Centre as the technological leader. Other partners besides VTT were University of Passau, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Imperial College London, University of Mannheim, Create-Net, Eni S.p.A., andAlmende BV.

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For more information:

Jyrki Huusko, Senior Scientist, Team Leader
+358 40 525 4698
jyrki.huusko@vtt.fi

María Pérez Ortega, Project coordinator
GFI Informática
mportega@gfi.es

FIT4Green web site: http://www.fit4green.eu/

Further information on VTT:

Olli Ernvall
Senior Vice President, Communications
+358 40 840 0288
olli.ernvall@vtt.fi
www.vtt.fi

VTT - 70 years of technology for business and society

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a leading multitechnological applied research organization in Northern Europe. VTT creates new technology and science-based innovations in co-operation with domestic and foreign partners. VTT's turnover is EUR 290 million and itspersonnel totals 3,100.



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