Commercial, Demand Management, Energy Efficiency - February 15, 2016
Large data network equipment now eligible for EPA's Energy Star label
IT procurers and data center operators now have help selecting products that save money on energy bills, thanks to a new U.S. EPA Energy Star specification for "large network equipment" released Dec. 2, 2015. The new specification will also assist manufacturers of efficient equipment increase sales.
It is estimated that data centers and server closets consume more than 2% of total US electricity, so improving the energy efficiency of this equipment has large potential environmental benefits, the EPA said in a statement.
Devices that are now eligible for the Energy Star labael include routers, switches, security appliances, and access point controllers.
"In addition to meeting power supply efficiency requirements, Energy Star-certified large network equipment must include energy saving features like remote port management and energy efficient ethernet. Manufacturers must share extensive information regarding the features and the energy use of their certified products, enabling purchasers to find the product that best meets their performance and efficiency needs," the EPA said.
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