New Accreditation for Datacenters Launches

Phil Wilcock
Jan 13, 2011

British Computer Society

The British Computer Society, or Chartered Institute for IT as it now likes to be called, has launched a new accreditation scheme.

The Certified Energy Efficiency Datacenter Award (CEEDA) assigns Bronze, Silver and Gold ratings for data centers.

The main selling point for this scheme seems to be that it’s designed to provide verifiable evidence that an organisation is not only claiming it follows (or plans to implement) best practice but that it has actually implemented them. The evidence provided is checked by an independent CEEDA certified assessor.

Successful organisations can display their Award and use the Award logo within their corporate marketing material. They are also eligible to be listed in the online Register of Energy Efficient Data Centres, so good for hosting providers.

“There are not a lot of best practice schemes that are specific for data centers, that will help operators improve their energy efficiency,” BSC chairman Zahl Limbuwala told eWeek Europe. “We have the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centers, but the issue with that is that it is a self-certifying program. It doesn’t attempt to see what the operator is doing onsite. We felt this represented a void in the market, for operators who are looking for accreditation on energy efficiency in their data centers, but which independently verifies the work they have done.”

Areas of audit to achieve the award are data center utilization, IT equipment and services, cooling, data center power equipment, data center building and monitoring.

Each certification ranking requires an increasing level of criteria, with a Gold rating requiring a PUE of less than 1.5 for the 12 months leading up to certification.

At first glance, I groaned at the thought of yet another scheme of this type. We currently have KcKinsey’s Corporate Average Datacenter Efficiency (CADE), Gartner’s Power to Performance Effectiveness (PPE) and of course PUE from the Green Grid, but at least this scheme is based on the audits of a third party provider.

Looking at the list of items covered by the awards, I was a little concerned however that Server Utilization or Server Power Management is not explicitly mentioned. There are categories such as ‘Energy Use and environmental measurement’, but no mention of servers which to me is essential. Perhaps this will be clearer in the detail. With up to 15% of servers sitting around not doing anything useful at all, I hope so!

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