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OpenDCME @ HIMSS 2010 in Atlanta, USA

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a comprehensive healthcare-stakeholder membership organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.

During their HIMSS 2010 event, 1-4 March 2010 in Atlanta (USA), the OpenDCME model is presented and two representatives of the team are present too.

More details concerning agenda, sessions etc will be published soon.


Cash for "data center" clunkers

An article, written by Dirk Harryvan, was published in the Dutch magazine Computable.

In many countries, the government is promoting the demolition of old cars in return for a premium to buy a new car. This is a program to upgrade the total collection of cars in a country to more fuel efficient and clean cars. In the US this program is called "cash for clunkers", in the Netherlands "slooppremie", in Germany "Abwrackprämie", etc.

Why not use a similar program to replace old and inefficient data centers? Read the Dutch article or read the English translation by Google Translate.


(Dutch) OpenDCME article in Datacenterworks

Yesterday, Ferry Waterkamp of Datacenterworks published a Dutch article about the OpenDCME model.


EU Code of Conduct version 2 released

Per January 1st, 2010, version 2.0 of the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres has been released. This new version has a number of serious improvements over its previous (first) release. Here is a first analysis of its documentation:

The new CoC defines types of participants, for example colocation providers and operators. Each type of participant has its own scope of responsibility in the end-to-end service chain. In the previous version this was up to the endorser/participant how to deal with this, in version 2.0 it is defined.

In some of those cases, the participant should accept the endorser status to promote the CoC best practices to the users of the offered services. So the commercial data center, who got the participant status, must endorse the best practices to the users of its data center. In case such user offers higher-level services to his customers and becomes a participant himself, that user must act as an endorser to his customers.

This is a clear sign that the new CoC can span the full service chain while respecting the various parts (companies) in that chain. Even energy efficiency of software is in version 2.0, although at a very high level; it definitely needs to improve but the step is taken.

The OpenDCME teams looks forward to your opinion on this new version.

Initiative around climate conference: Green IT: Mansystems calls for new performance indicators

[English translation of the previous news post]

Call up for discussion on the OpenSource platform

Saarbrücken, December 09. 2009 – Within the scope of the OpenSource forum Mansystems’ urges CIOs, Green-IT-experts and IT-Mangers to take a close look at all indicators that are generally used to measure energy efficiency in data centers and to cooperate on the development of new and independent standards. The background: performance indicators such as the Data Centre Infrastructure Efficiency (DCiE) or the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) are insufficient, according to Mansystems’ experts, in fulfilling the requirement for exact efficiency measurement. They refer to power instead of energy and neglect the individual factors such as for example seasonal temperature fluctuations respective time of the day related load-behavior.

“Especially when we talk about energy efficiency true cooperation is the key, because CO2 savings and climate preservation are in the end only achievable through collective action. On the web-platform Mansystems publishes therefore the key performance indicators of her own comprehensive measurement model OpenDCME to be used as foundation for discussion to new efficiency criteria”, explains Paul Poetsma, moderator of and Green-IT expert at Mansystems.

In the future, unified indicators will become more and more important and they are the foundation for a standardized assessment of energy efficiency in data centers. At EU-level the question of energy efficiency in data centers is currently still addressed with the European Code of Conduct (CoC), which is still a voluntary agreement, today. Companies that chose to lower the energy consumption of their products or data centers within the frame of agreed milestones can join the CoC. The initiative was introduced in 2007. There are also a number of initiatives at national level that aim at committing companies on a mid- and long term base. In the Netherlands the MJA, a multi-year agreement, is signed between the Dutch government and the IT-industry to increase the energy efficiency and offer tax relief in return. In England they are currently working on the CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment). Once the “CO2 Emission rights” takes effect the energy costs will be raised, in order to boost the motivation to make economic activities more sustainable. With a bit of optimism it is conceivable that these approaches are soon being circulated as vast and committing circulation. On December 07, 2009 the United Nations Climate Change Conference takes place in Copenhagen. On that conference, the successor of the Kyoto-protocol is negotiated on a global level . The outcome is still open.


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