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White House sets 20% data center efficiency goal, but finds few takers

Patrick Thibodeau | Oct. 2, 2014
Whether that target is too high, too low, or reasonable, the effort is voluntary.

That, in turn, led to broader discussions on improving efficiency. "That was the thing that allowed [us] to start the process," he said.

Data center temperatures were raised, equipment consolidated and the life expectancy of the centers extended, said Valair. Today, facilities, IT and finance managers at Staples discuss energy goals routinely, he said.

The list of participating data center users in the government's program will likely grow. It is part of a program called the President's Better Buildings Challenge, which is aimed at improving the efficiency of commercial, industrial and multi-family residential buildings. With this week's announcement, the program expanded to include data centers.


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