The servers also omit features that HP says often aren’t required by large Internet companies, such as redundant power supplies and advanced management software. “In many cases these companies own the software stack themselves and have the high-availability and management features they need, so they don’t need it in the underlying hardware,” said Christine Martino, general manager of HP’s Scalable Computing and Infrastructure group.
The result, according to HP, is a server that consumes 28 percent less power and weighs almost a third less than a “standard” rackmount server. That could mean significant savings in shipping and energy costs for companies that purchase servers by the thousands, Martino said.
Dell pushes the green revolution to SMBs – InfoWorld
On top of its energy-efficient green technologies, the company is offering the SMB market a lineup of online resources that promote environmental responsibility and cost-efficient business process, which include solutions for asset recovery, mobile computing, energy calculators and customer care studies.
Fedora 11 adds virtualization, software management tools – Computerworld
Fedora 11, which was code named Leonidas, includes virtualization console improvements that ease the task of moving between the host operating system and the guest operating system environments. And the operating system has an improved Virtual Machine Creation Wizard, which supports a wider variety of hardware and new workflow processes that makes it easier to deploy virtual machines (VM).
Controlling Heat in Large Data Centers – Dr. Dobb’s
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are using a 1,100-square-foot simulated data center to optimize cooling strategies and develop new heat transfer models that can be used by the designers of future facilities and equipment. The goal is to reduce the portion of electricity used to cool data center equipment by as much as 15 percent.
Tendril makes small displays for consumers to see how much electricity a home is consuming. The company also makes software for utilities to run energy-efficiency programs that allow consumers to take advantage of lower rates at off-peak times.