Recognized for its “green” approach to computer information storage, California State University, East Bay has been honored with a 2009 “Green 15 Award” by InfoWorld, a computer industry media group owned by International Data Group.
Computer servers provide the backbone of information technology services for Cal State East Bay, as they store millions of documents, Web pages, and applications used for faculty and staff, as well as to maintain critical records for everything from students’ grades to payroll. Facing a shortage of available energy to power its computer system, the university realized it needed to develop a “greener” approach to data storage.
Cal State East Bay Chief Information Officer John Charles met with server administrators Rich Avila and Jonathon Taylor to determine a course of action that would keep the system running smoothly while reducing the need for more energy. They determined that the existing servers weren’t being used efficiently or up to capacity.
So they found a “greener” approach to data information storage by implementing a process – server virtualization – which would allow more efficient operation.
With the help of 3PAR, a leading global provider of utility storage, CSUEB built a system where it could centralize its server resources into one data center.
“In the simplest of terms, it’s like replacing an incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent,” Charles said. “It’s the same light, just not as much heat.”
“With the power and cooling savings we realized with 3PAR, our data center has been given a new lease on life,” said Avila, CSUEB’s director of server operations and system support.
To date, energy usage has been reduced by 26 percent, leading to an estimated net cost savings of more than $30,000 for the year, even with new machines being added to the data center.