FIT4Green, a 30-month EU project started in January 2010, has reached the end of its final phase. In this third phase of the project, the optimization policies are refined and tested once again.
The project has created an energy-aware layer of plug-in on top of the current data centres’ management tools to orchestrate the allocation of ICT resources and turning off unused equipments. FIT4Green plug-in is designed to be applicable to any data centre type; the plug-in was validated in three representative data centres: service/enterprise portal at ENI, supercomputing grid at Jülich Supercomputing Centre, and cloud computing at HP
In the final third phase of the project, the optimization policies are refined and tested once again. FIT4Green also aims to increase the international awareness of energy-aware data centre technologies by organizing the 1st International Workshop on Energy-Efficient Data Centres (E2DC) in Madrid on May 8th, 2012, in conjunction with the e-Energy 2012 conference. It has been estimated that ICT as a whole, causes 2% of the overall CO2 emissions worldwide, a number equal to the emissions due to the aviation. Thus, reductions of 20% or more are a significant step towards a more sustainable world. The energy savings are also a great financial incentive for data centre owners to save money in their electricity bills.