Green Data Center

The world depends on the data that flows through our electronic lines of communication. But power comes at an increasingly high cost, both in dollars and environmental impact on our planet.

That is why Syracuse University, IBM, and New York State joined together to create the Green Data Center (GDC). Through a combination of new innovations and smarter technologies, this partnership has created one of the most energy-efficient data centers in the world.

As part of its “Smarter Planet” initiative, IBM has worked with SU to look beyond computer hardware and software to the actual infrastructure of the data center. The SU GDC—with its own electrical tri-generation system and IBM’s latest computers and computer-cooling technology—is expected to use 50 percent less energy than a typical computer center, making it one of the “greenest” in operation today.

The Green Data Center is a showcase that will demonstrate how energy-efficient technologies can reduce energy costs and environmental impact. And it is a perfect example of how cross-sector partnerships can truly change the world.
The SU GDC is also home to an extensively instrumented research laboratory that is employed for developing an testing advanced data center air management systems.