- The aim? To control Data Center energy consumption in line with the requirements of applications, cost constraints and SLA (Service Level Agreements)
- A project with the MINALOGIC and GREEN stamps of approval, supported by the French Interministerial Fund
Bull, Business & Decision Eolas, Schneider Electric, UXP and the university laboratories at G2Elab, G-SCOP, LIG in conjunction with the Joseph Fourier University, have launched EnergeTIC: an R&D project aimed at designing a management system for an energy-optimized Data Center. The system will aim to constantly balance the energy resources supplied by the electricity network with the needs of applications and air-conditioning systems.
The rapid rise of the digital economy has resulted in many different demands, requiring more and more powerful IT resources that are constantly available. This means that Data Centers have become significant consumers of electricity, to the point where this is becoming a critical resource both from an environmental and a cost point of view. Optimizing Data Center’s energy efficiency has become a real challenge for innovation, on a par with miniaturization and increasing the power of the various system components.
In particular, the EnergeTIC project aims to optimize resource utilization and the management of Data Center operations in real time. It will define groups of energy efficiency scenarios based on Data Center models: with the key innovation being its ability to consider the Data Center as a holistic system and control the operation of all its different, heterogeneous components. It will result in the development of an experimental control system designed to dynamically adjust resources according to the needs.
Seven partners join forces to manage and cut the energy footprint of Data Centers
Driven by the same imperatives as competitiveness clusters, the EnergeTIC project will bring together complementary skills from industry and higher education at the Grenoble science park; covering electrical and cooling solutions, IT hardware and software, data modeling and analysis, hosting systems for business-critical SLAs (Service Level Agreement) and energy optimization.
The project has the stamp of approval from the Grenoble-based MINALOGIC global competitiveness cluster which is operating and shaping a major space for innovation and specialist skills in the creation, refinement and production of products and services around intelligent, miniaturized solutions for industry. The project has also been given the ‘GREEN’ (GRenoble Efficacité ENergétique) energy efficiency label, from projects based in the cluster whose aim is to work on energy efficiency in information technologies.
On 8 March 2010, EnergeTIC was chosen for funding under the AAP9 funding round from the French Inter-ministerial initiative (Fonds Unique Interministériel or FUI). Financed by the OSEO funding program for SMEs, the city of Grenoble, Grenoble Alpes Métropole (METRO) and the local authority for Isère: the project officially started on 1 July 2010.