Last fall, in my blog “New ENERGY STAR Computer Server Spec Revision Activity Started!” I discussed how Version 2 (V2) of the ENERGY STAR server spec was getting underway before the ink was even dry on version 1. Well, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published its first draft of the V2 spec and is calling for feedback by May 21, 2010.
The efficiency and power factor requirements for V2 are the same as those proposed last fall (see the tables on the November 13 blog) but some things have changed. The newly published draft now covers previously omitted blade servers, placing on them the same criteria as pedestal and rackmounted servers. Resilient and multi-node servers are also now included. However, V2 is still limited to servers with 4 processor sockets and under.
Other changes include:
- Revised server type definitions
- Removal of the requirement to incorporate Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
- Clarification of standard information reporting requirements
To read the draft in its entirety and learn how to submit stakeholder feedback, visit the ENERGY STAR Computer Servers page.