SunGard, one of the world's leading software and IT services companies, today announced that it has become a contributing member of The Green Grid The Green Grid is a global, non-profit consortium of companies and information technology professionals dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centres and business computing ecosystems.
The Green Grid Board of Directors member companies are AMC, APC, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Rackable Systems, SprayCool, Sun Microsystems and VMWare. Its mission is to define user-centric models and metrics, develop standards, measurement methods, processes, and new technologies to improve performance and promote the adoption of energy efficient standards.
Cristobal Conde, president and chief executive officer of SunGard, said, "According to some reports, the energy consumption of server systems doubled between 2000 and 2005. Companies now spend as much as 10% of their technology budgets on energy. Data centres now account for more than 1% of all energy consumption in the U.S. In some cases the constraining factor on the expansion of data centres is the amount of energy that can be supplied for cooling equipment. Energy consumption by data centres is not only a matter of social and environmental responsibility; it is also a matter of competitiveness. With more than three million square feet of operations space in the U.S. and Europe supporting thirty different technology platforms, we welcome the opportunity to work with our industry partners in The Green Grid to improve energy efficiency."