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The Green Grid has a New Boss and a New Focus

The Green Grid has a new boss. Mark Monroe is the new Executive Director, formerly Sun Microsystems‘ Director of Sustainable Computing, and was a founding director of the Green Grid. If you haven’t come across the Green Grid before, here’s what they do..

The Green Grid is a global consortium of IT companies and professionals seeking to improve energy efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems around the globe. The organization seeks to unite global industry efforts to standardize on a common set of metrics, processes, methods and new technologies to further its common goals.

You may know them for their ground breaking work on the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric for data centers, and in the last year or so there have been new metrics emerging for Carbon Usage and even a proposed Water Usage metric.

So along with news of a new head honcho came a press release which hinted at the shape of things to come for the ‘not for profit’ organization.

The release states that the organization is ‘expanding its focus and deliverables to address growing industry trends towards the sustainability and resource efficiency of information technology.’

“The expanded focus of The Green Grid provides leadership opportunities for organizations of all sizes to contribute to a growing body of work that impacts the energy- and resource-efficiency of IT,” said Mr. Monroe. “We welcome and encourage active participation and collaboration from interested members and affiliates across the global technology, sustainability, and government landscape.”

As a contributing member of the Green Grid in the field of server Power Management , we will of course be watching things closely, but my own view is that this new approach can only be a good thing. Sustainable IT and sustainable business are rapidly becoming as one, and this new expanded focus will hopefully see the work of the Green Grid helping companies to move to a new level of IT and business efficiency.

If you want to find out more about the work of the Grid, or are interested in contributing at all, you could do worse than to pop along to the upcoming Technical Forum and Members Meeting on March 1-2, 2011, in Santa Clara, CA. This meeting will provide more detail on how the organization helps data center operators more efficiently use resources such as energy, carbon, and water. Registration for The Green Grid Technical Forum 2011 is now open to members and non-members. Attendance is open to members of The Green Grid on March 1, and then opens to the public and the media on March 2.

So here’s wishing all the best to Mark Monroe in his new role, and also thanking his predecessor Larry Vertal for his great work in recent years.

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