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GE is working to green its data centers, like the one shown here. The Cincinnati, OH data center became its poster child, thanks to a big cut in energy, water, and chemical usage.  (Source: CGSchmidt)
GE's newly greened data center features 11 percent less power used

Google went green with its data centers long ago.  The company, which pushes alternative energy, cited enormous savings as a perk of making the move.  Microsoft also bragged about its own greening of data centers.

Now General Electric has become the latest to give its data centers an environmentally-oriented renovation.  GE announced details of how it has “greened” its Cincinnati data center, and plans to continue the effort with other data centers, including possibly its larger one in Georgia.

The 29,000-square-foot data center saw its aging chillers replaced and the installation of an air-side economization system which sucks in cooler air from outside the building to help chill the data center.  It also adopted an improved building management system and a special GE-designed reverse osmosis system, which greatly decreases the amount of chemicals needed to treat its water. 

Over 30 GE technologies were employed in the makeover, making it a perfect showcase of GE's green products.  As a result of the improvements, instead of an increase, GE expects to see a cut of 11 percent to its yearly power budget.  Furthermore, it expects to decrease water use by 20 percent and decrease water treatment chemical use by 40 percent. 

The changes are a strong example of GE's commitment to its
Ecomagination initiative, says CTO Greg Simpson.  He states, "It's great for me because I don't have to go convince someone to let me go spend millions of dollars to expand the data center.  I can continue to use this one more and more efficiently over time and get more and more computers into this center as we collapse and consolidate systems across the company."

The datacenter's building management system was cleverly repurposed from a factory management system and allows GE to track its usages and savings.  The company is also pushing virtualization technology to the masses as a means to cut power budgets.  By offloading hardware to a more efficient dedicated server farm, cloud computing schemes can deliver power savings. 

Amazon, Microsoft and others are also racing GE to be the first to bring cloud computing to the masses.

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By MozeeToby on 2/4/2009 12:38:22 PM , Rating: 5
GE Becomes Latest to Give Data Centers a Cost Savings Makeover. Do you really think they care about being green (except maybe from a PR standpoint)? No, they care about saving money. Google saved 11% on their energy costs, and that is huge money when you're talking these kinds of data centers.

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By corduroygt on 2/4/09, Rating: 0
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By Tsuwamono on 2/4/2009 12:46:47 PM , Rating: 1
except when you remember that there are almost 7 billion people on the planet....

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By kattanna on 2/4/2009 1:04:11 PM , Rating: 2
dont forget that 3 billion of those peoples biggest contribution to CO2 production is their dung cooking fires.

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By corduroygt on 2/4/2009 3:08:45 PM , Rating: 2
I already pay taxes to feed the lazy bums

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By Staples on 2/4/2009 12:50:26 PM , Rating: 2
Keep drinking the kool aid. Exxon is happy to know their millions of dollars spent to spread misinformation is getting a good return.

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By therealnickdanger on 2/4/2009 2:09:19 PM , Rating: 4
Speaking of Kool-Aid, what flavor are you drinking? ;-)

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By quiksilvr on 2/4/09, Rating: -1
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By kattanna on 2/4/2009 1:02:22 PM , Rating: 2

the only green they are truly working to improve is the cash in the bottom line.

but there is nothing wrong with that in and of itself, but trying to cloak it in ECO clothing .. please..

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By Regs on 2/5/2009 9:22:41 AM , Rating: 2
There are many ways to become societal responsible for marketing purposes. Donating money to the local baseball team and schools for instance; making appliances that save the users money on water, energy, and time; employees going out of their way to support causes like breast cancer awareness, AIDs, and other illnesses; or even volunteering to help dig out victims from natural disasters.

Then you have GE who is proud to announce....they save 11% on their electric bill. Wow, can I be blunt for one moment? Who gives a rats a**. This whole green movement is the biggest farce thanks to the global warming scare. You have much smaller companies actually helping out societies needs in much bigger ways, then lets say, compared to Meryl Lynch that take your money and give bonuses to the CEOs.

The Green Movement is nothing more than one big loaded commercial.

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By Regs on 2/5/2009 9:27:45 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not saying GE may not all ready demonstrated the things I've stated, though saving energy and money and announcing it like it's good PR is like me stepping outside my house each morning yelling to my neighbors that I actually just cleaned my toilet.

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By Bluestealth on 2/4/2009 6:03:49 PM , Rating: 2
If you haven't been paying attention GE's Ecomagination is all about economically sensible environmental policy. Thus this is just a direct extension of that. Not something truly "green" they are doing for the planet.

BTW I am not a big fan of "Green", "Organic", and "Free Trade" buzzwords, but I guess we are all stuck with them. If I could get rid of one though I would definitely choose "Organic."

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By thenannystate on 2/4/2009 6:39:14 PM , Rating: 2
Since there stock price has fallen so much, they are looking for any way to save money. Not to mention that they want to have something to show how their "green products" will save us all from the looming "climate change" that will kill us all.
It just so happens they own NBC to help us realize our governments, corporations, homes, will all need to have this type of "green" tech, no matter the cost, and hopefully (in their eyes) under the EPA's mandate.

green beer olny
By codeThug on 2/4/2009 3:30:30 PM , Rating: 2
I'm getting sick of the term "green". It should be reserved solely for St. Patty's day and nothing else.

RE: green beer olny
By DigitalFreak on 2/4/2009 4:09:07 PM , Rating: 1
... or the color of my poo after drinking the "Incredible Hulk" Hershey's chocolate syrup.

By axias41 on 2/4/2009 3:48:51 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't green the color of 1 dollar ?

Getting very tired of this green malarky
By phxfreddy on 2/4/2009 4:58:58 PM , Rating: 1
sure .... save on your energy bill if you like....

....But why is it necessary to tell me? Then you stand there acting like you are some righteous kind of guy.

Does any one else besides me notice how farking square these leftist causes are?

Its like the most uncreative guy ever sits in a room and things these lib causes up. Oh carbon dioxide...bad. Using electricity bad. Let me tell you as far as I can tell these lib lefties got nuttin. NUTTIN I tell ya!

By icanhascpu on 2/4/2009 5:21:46 PM , Rating: 1
Someones nuttin alright.

Save money yes but it can't hurt...
By Einy0 on 2/4/2009 5:14:46 PM , Rating: 2
Regardless of their true motivations. This can't hurt anyone. If it uses less power from the already over burdened grid it will have more power for someone or something else.

Global Warming
By JohnnyCNote on 2/5/2009 12:07:56 AM , Rating: 2
. . .

By blueboy09 on 2/4/2009 4:15:10 PM , Rating: 1
Way to go GE! Even though alot of comments have been a little harsh in terms of the word "green", I believe this is a very small step towards saving money, even if it a little for GE. The point to keep in mind is that they have the right attitude in relation to green efficiency. Sure you might not see on you electric bill, but efficiency is important at this time, every little bit helps, even if it's a company like GE.

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