eBay Decreases Power Per Server by 63 Watts

May 28, 2013 By Linda Hardesty

eBay dashboardAlthough eBay had a 37 percent spike in its number of servers due to increased customer demand, the company’s power consumption increased just 16 percent (2.69 MW) during the same period.

“Compared to the first quarter of last year, we’ve reduced the power consumed by an average of 63 watts per server; this is a direct result of our efforts to run more energy efficient servers and facilities,” wrote Sri Shivananda, ebay’s vice president of platform, infrastructure and engineering systems, in a blog posting.

In March, eBay unveiled its Digital Service Efficiency (DSE) methodology for viewing the productivity and efficiency of its technical infrastructure across four areas: performance, cost, environmental impact and revenue.

In its first quarterly update with year-over-year comparisons and analysis since instituting DSE, eBay also found that its transaction per kWh increased 18 percent year over year.

In other eBay energy news, the company is also on track for its Utah Bloom fuel cell installation to go live this summer. And in March, eBay installed a solar array at its Salt Lake City data center.

Moving forward, eBay will measure Revenue per MW hour – as opposed to Revenue per MW – because it represents total consumption per quarter and year instead of quarterly averages, according to the blog.

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