July 30, 2007 (Techworld.com) — The Gartner Group has criticized The Green Grid, an environmental consortium, saying it misses the greater opportunity to influence legislation and behavior for broader green issues. Gartner also suggests that member self-interest may prevent the group from delivering tangible standards.
The Green Grid, announced in February, is a nonprofit consortium with over 80 members. It has an 11-person governing committee with members from companies such as American Power Conversion Corp. (APC), Intel Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc., IBM and Microsoft Corp. The organization also has four working groups aimed at developing processes and metrics for making data centers more efficient in the way they use energy for power and cooling.
Specifically it is promised to “foster discussion and information sharing between the best minds from the vendor and end-user communities to address critical issues,” and “develop a collective, vendor-neutral knowledge base so as to provide end-users with a trusted resource for vendor-agnostic solutions and information.”
An interesting read, is it not that The Green Grid seems to have been going quiet, keep in mind that standards, best practices, even ideas and comments are needed if we’re going to show energy efficiency is a business enabler, a business benefit not just another thing, if we’re going to do that we need to be more vendor neutral, more platform specific or case study driven? I commend The Green Grid but they need to get more people involved through talking and maybe do more case studies and practical information?