As part of its ENERGY STAR® Data Center Energy Efficiency Initiative, the EPA is beginning the development of a specification for Large Network Equipment. The effort will begin with a stakeholder webinar to be held later this month. The webinar will focus on scope and test procedure.
Started in 2008, the ENERGY STAR Data Center Initiative has given purchasers the ability to better identify energy efficient IT equipment including servers, uninterruptable power supplies, and data center storage. The new spec for large network equipment would offer additional energy savings. In 2008 it was estimated that network equipment building electricity use would grow from 1% to 6% over the next four years.
According to the small network equipment spec (currently in Draft 1), which covers residential applications, network equipment is defined as:
A device whose primary function is to pass Internet Protocol traffic among various network interfaces/ports.
And large network equipment is:
Network Equipment that is rack-mounted, intended for use in standard equipment racks, or contains more than eleven (11) ports for wired network.
The webinar will be held on October 24th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern). If interested in attending, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.