Making strides with eco-friendly energy IT
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Making strides with eco-friendly energy IT

IBM, one of the leading authorities in technology innovation, recently upped the bar for companies of all kinds in terms of its smart energy use. The company is building new resources that highlight the best methods for cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly power and energy use with in regard to IT implementation and general application.

Making waves
One method of maintaining server systems has been a mark of high-end consumer computers for more than a decade – water cooling. Hydro power itself is also often used as a main provider of energy for entire regions, including server farms, data warehouses and other corporate information structures. IBM is working out smarter ways of implementing these services, though, in order to make them more efficient and eco-friendly.

Power Engineering Magazine wrote that the company recently unveiled its Smarter Energy Research Institute, a collaborative effort between the tech giant and hydro electric companies, power distributors and other such sources to try and revamp and world-wide utilities industry. The entity will focus on better ways of designing generators, delivery systems and optimization of resources in order to serve clients more effectively.

Power outages are a main contributor to business continuity problems, so resolving power failures quickly is important to most corporations. Without access to servers, archives and online information assets, a company could flounder, and the longer this status lasts, the less likely an entity is to regain its well being. As a leading technology company, IBM understands these concerns, as it shares them with many of its clients, and is pushing to come up with solutions to these and other data availability issues. The use of hydro power is more cost-effective and environmentally sound, Power Engineering wrote, and makes sense for IBM to invest in improving it.

Testing the watersIBM has already found ways of implementing some of its research initiatives, partnering with other businesses around the globe to find adequate test markets and showing off the capabilities of its newest technology.

Mid Hudson News reported that IBM has already enacted its new wastewater reclamation technology, Big Blue, in East Fishkill, New York, at one of the company's plants. This process purifies the runoff from semiconductor research and manufacturing, making it safe enough to drink. Such technology could benefit other businesses by helping them recycle their own water products, cutting out extra expenses from paying another entity for purification.