The initial focus of the collaboration will be to define a standard unit for measuring carbon footprint for both existing and new ODCA usage models and TGG metrics. Through the collaboration, TGG and the ODCA aim to accelerate the development of standards related to energy efficiency in the data centre.
The group effort brings together the leading customer voice on Cloud computing and the global authority on resource efficient data centers and business computing ecosystems. The Open Data Center Alliance, a group of 300+ companies that represent over $100B in annual IT spend, recently published the first customer-driven requirements for the Cloud with release of its initial usage models. Launched in 2007, The Green Grid is a global consortium focused on driving resource efficiency in business computing by developing meaningful and user-centric metrics to help IT and facilities better manage their resources.
"The Green Grid's mission is to improve resource efficiency in business computing, which includes the impact of carbon usage as a result of cloud computing", stated Tim Mohin, AMD representative and Board member of The Green Grid. "The Green Grids efforts with the ODCA will bring much-needed efficiency metrics and resources to businesses that leverage the Cloud. We're excited to see the results of this collaboration put into action and the energy savings they will generate."
"Our strategic collaboration with The Green Grid will help us gain valuable insight into standard measurement of workload carbon emissions, enabling us to report and reduce the environmental impact of data centre operations", stated Mario Mueller, vice president of IT Infrastructure at BMW. "Together, the ODCA and The Green Grid will drive initiatives that not only manage power efficiencies, but result in a reduced total cost of ownership. With member adoption of Cloud operations forecasted to triple in the next two years, the collaboration comes at a critical point of adoption."
The two organisations expect the collaboration will yield new content and resources from each organisation as well as the enhancement of existing content.