Green Grid delivers — for members only

The Green Grid has produced three promised items, available to members only, and signed an agreement with the top U.S. technology industry government lobbying group — but neither move will immediately benefit data centre end-users.

The Green Grid, self-described as “a global consortium dedicated to developing and promoting energy efficiency for data centres and information service delivery,” has made available three new documents to its members:

— A qualitative analysis of seven power distribution configurations for data centres with pros and cons discussed

— A consolidated list of all organizations involved in data centre efficiency measurements and all data centre efficiency measurement types (metrics)

— An updated white paper discussing data centre efficiency metrics which now highlights infrastructure efficiency.

These publications are not available to the general IT public on the Green Grid’s website so there is no way of judging their effectiveness. Simultaneously the Green Grid has signed a memorandum of understanding with the IT technology industry’s most prominent government lobbying group in Washington, the Information Technology Industry Council.

The Grid said it expects the cooperation move will help align the two organizations’ positions and affirm the respective and distinct role each organization is playing to help the IT industry address the demand for energy efficiency.

Green Grid membership costs a minimum of US$5,000, rising to $25,000 for corporate membership. It is “open to any company developing products and technologies aimed at the data center market, as well as information technology professionals tasked with data center operations” — though not many might be expected to have that sum of money to join.

With 102 members the Green Grid has so far raked in up to $2.5 million of membership fees and produced just three documents publicly available on its website.

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