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IBM follows Apple towards greener company

Posted: 11 May 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:greener data centres  computing centres  energy-saving measures 

IBM is planning to invest Rs.4,226.98 crore ($1 billion) to make corporate computing centres more energy efficient by spreading power-saving technologies and services.

This is according to an AP report, which stated that the company plans to re-outfit its data centres and help customers redo their own with multiple power-saving approaches. The company is a leading data centre operator, with more than 8 million square feet of computing warehouses worldwide.

Like other major companies, IBM has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Apple Inc. CEO Steve jobs recently outlined plans towards a more environment-friendly company.

The mainframe maker plans to use heavier "virtualisation" technologies, which let one computer handle the operation of multiple machines, as well as deploy more "provisioning software" that increases the time that servers switch to power saving standby mode, in order to make data centres greener. IBM also expects to launch new liquid-cooling systems, which capture power in off-peak times and store it for peak use.

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