Congratulations to VYCON for EC&M Magazine’s 2013 Product of the Year Award

Flywheel UPS manufacturer VYCON’s VDC-XE system has been awarded EC&M magazine’s product of the year in its power conditioning & backup power equipment category.

These entries were evaluated carefully by a panel of 12 judges, representing electrical professionals from the engineering, contracting, and the plant facilities and maintenance industries.

The category winners will go on to vie for the 2013 Product of the Year Platinum, Gold, and Silver awards, which will be determined through an online readers’ poll and announced in the July issue.

EasyStreet uses VYCON’s energy-saving flywheel-based UPS systems in our innovative Data Center 2 because of their environmentally friendly on-demand power.

Click here to read VYCON’s press release.

EasyStreet Featured in NW Natural’s Smart Energy Annual Report

“Sustainability is not an afterthought at EasyStreet Online Services – it’s a core value.” That’s the opening line from NW Natural’s overview of EasyStreet in the utility’s new Smart Energy Annual Report. The short article describes our Data Center 2 and our decision to offset 100 percent of the electricity, gas and water it consumes.

As Rich Bader says, “Smart Energy from NW Natural is a meaningful way for individuals and businesses to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Innovative Green Technologies Like Flywheels Provide Efficiencies, Cost Savings for MSPs, Their Customers

EasyStreet was happy to work with the provider of our flywheel-based UPS systems, VYCON, to showcase our green initiatives in this recent MSP Today article.

VYCON’s President, Frank DeLattre, points out the many reasons we’ve chosen sustainable — yet proven — technologies for our Data Center 2:

  • System uptime and availability
  • Eliminates the need for costly cooling and maintenance
  • More efficient and reliable than battery-based systems
  • More energy saved in cooling the data center means more energy can be directed to powering customer equipment

VYCON-web“Data center managers are continually faced with securing the data of their organization 24×7,” said DeLattre. “To do this, managers must incorporate the highest level of technologies to assure the highest nines of reliability. Driving down costs and increasing data center system uptime are motivating important initiatives such as energy efficiency, sustainability and reliability. VYCON’s flywheel technology eliminates the need for costly cooling and maintenance and takes up a fraction of the space compared to banks of backup batteries.”


EasyStreet honored with Governor’s Sustainability Award

EasyStreet was one of five companies honored by the Oregon Governor’s office as leaders in the sustainability field at the Northwest Environmental Conference and Tradeshow in December. Secretary of State Kate Brown presented the awards, applauding industry leaders for helping Oregon prove it is possible to grow the economy while still protecting the environment. “Oregon is known around the world as a pioneer in sustainability,” she said.

EasyStreet received the Technology Award because of the green technology we use to implement sustainable IT as well as our 100 percent energy and water offsets. “We didn’t have any of this when I was in college, that’s for sure,” Brown joked.

Click here to read an overview of the awards in Oregon Business Magazine.

Harnessing the Power of Cow Flops

A plan to run data centers on manure is moving from the far-fetched to the feasible, according to research being conducted at HP Laboratories in Palo Alto. Researchers say a herd of 10,000 dairy cows usually generate 1MW of power, an ample amount to run a typical data center.

“Data centers have a natural symbiosis with dairy farms and animal feeding operations,” according to an HP paper entitled Design of Farm Waste-Driven Supply-Side Infrastructure for Data Centers. “In particular, growth and concentration of the livestock industry in the United States has created opportunities for the proper disposal of the large quantities of manure generated at dairy, beef, swine and poultry farms.”

Plus, heat generated by a data center could improve efficiencies in processing the manure for even more methane, a gas that can be captured for powering electrical generators.

Data centers of the future could just as easily be based on a pig farm or next to a waterfall, notes Chandrakant Patel, an HP Fellow and director of HP’s Sustainable IT Ecosystem Lab. “But what matters is that we have to fundamentally re-evaluate all aspects from computing to power supply.”

Click here for a 3-minute video where Chandrakant Patel explains the new research into sustainably powering data centers with livestock wastes.

Additional Sustainability Metrics Affect Data Centers

As sustainability continues to grow in importance in data center operations, more metrics for measuring it are coming into play. They come from Beaverton-based Green Grid, the organization that’s already provided the industry standard Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric, a leading measurement cited in discussions of data center power usage.

Three additional metrics for improved data center sustainability include:

  • Data Center Compute Efficiency (DCcE), which in conjunction with other metrics, relies on native OS measuring tools and requires no new instrumentation to provide an overall assessment of efficiency.
  • Energy Reuse Effectiveness (ERE) measures reuse of a data center’s energy – primarily the heat it generates – in areas outside of the data center.
  • Green Grid admits the third new metric, Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE), is complicated as it attempts to evaluate the balance between water and energy use in water-cooled data centers. It includes two different measurements – one related solely to on-site effectiveness, and another that adds “source energy water usage” to the equation.

In various combinations, their sustainability metrics serve as guidelines for design and operation of current and next-generation data centers, according to Green Grid.

Green IT Has a Huge Blind Spot

Effectiveness of the Green IT movement suffers from a massive oversight by failing to address the massive amounts of electronic waste.

“The IT industry is already energy-neutral in terms of its consumption and savings, but there is still no credible scenario for safely managing the global production and disposal of literally billions of personal computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices,” writes David Moschella, research director for CSC’s Leading Edge Forum.

Writing in Computerworld, he says the reasons for focusing on IT energy conservation are obvious, ranging from global warming and the popularity of new gear that saves energy, to the difficulty of extracting toxic substances from retired electronic products and the public’s ignorance of the problem. “Many people simply don’t realize there is anything wrong with throwing out old IT products in their everyday bagged trash,” he writes.

“For these reasons, much of the IT community has turned a blind eye toward some truly appalling global practices and conditions, with the developing world too often used as an e-waste dumping ground, often harming the poorest of nations and people,” he contends. “This problem is only getting worse, as the number of devices built, sold and thrown away rapidly increases.”

“This should be the number one green IT priority for the next few years,” Moschella continues. “Too much time has been wasted already.”

City of Beaverton Features EasyStreet Case Study

Thank you to the City of Beaverton for this new case study now posted on the Green Business Case Studies page of their website. “Through incorporating environmental and social opportunities into core business strategies, local businesses are going green to realize cost savings, build a responsible brand, promote a healthy work environment, and lessen ecological impacts from operations. “

EasyStreet hosts visitors from International Sustainability Leadership Project

This afternoon EasyStreet provided an educational tour of our new data center for participants in the International Sustainability Leadership (ISL) Project. Gathering young adults from around the world to explore important sustainability issues, the ISL project event will be held in Beaverton from July 18 to August 5, 2011.

We split the young people touring EasyStreet from the ISL Project into three groups. Above, EasyStreet’s Operations Manager, Jeff Burlingame, talks about the energy-saving innovations in Data Center 2.