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IBM to spend $1B for greener computing centers

Posted: 11 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:greener data centers? computing centers? energy-saving measures?

IBM Corp. disclosed that it will spend $1 billion to spread technologies and services that could make corporate computing centers more energy efficient.

This is according to an AP report, which stated that the company plans to reoutfit its data centers and help customers redo their own with multiple power-saving approaches. The company is a leading data center 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 toward a more environment-friendly company.

The mainframe maker plans to use heavier "virtualization" 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 centers 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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