The Administration Toughens Datacenter PUE Requirements

March 4, 2016 By Carl Weinschenk

datacenterThe Obama administration is putting the brakes on datacenters that use too much energy, according to Nextgov.

The story says that the White House has set a policy that will block funding for newbuilds or or expansions of existing datacenters until they are approved by the federal chief information officer. The guidelines require agencies to maintain a PUE rating of less than 1.5 for existing datacenters by September 30, 2018 and a PUE of below 1.2 for new datacenters.

Existing datacenters that can’t meet the 1.5 PUE requirement could be closed or consolidated with other facilities, the administration suggests and/or their functions moved to the cloud, the story says.

Datacenter powering is a growing issue. Recently, Microsoft made waves – literally and figuratively – by announcing Project Natick, which is the submersion of a datacenter in the ocean.

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