Xeon® 5600 – doing its part on Earth Day

I wrote a blog last month that talked about the huge impact on power consumption if the 1 million servers whose refresh was delayed in 2009 were replaced with Xeon® 5500 servers in March 2009 (source: Gartner research).

With Earth Day 2010 upon us, the recently-launched Xeon® 5600 processors are doing their part in driving a reduced IT carbon footprint and a greener planet with up to a 15:1 consolidation ratio over single-core servers.

So, if on March 16, 2010, Xeon® 5600 processors replaced those 1 million servers that weren’t retired in 2009, and assuming they replaced single-core servers purchased back in 2005, then over the next 12 months the industry could:

  • Save a total of 6.3 BILLION kWh of electricity or
  • Save~1/3 the power production of the Hoover Dam or
  • Save the annual power consumption of 250,000 US homes and/or
  • Reduce CO2 production by a total of 6.6 billion lbs by the end of 2010, or the equivalent of removing almost 500,000 cars from the road

Check out how much greener your environment can be with Xeon® 5600 servers by using the updated Xeon® ROI Estimator tool.

Sources:  All calculations using default values for the Xeon® ROI Tool (http://www.intel.com/go/xeonestimator), highest SPECint_rate_2006 numbers published on www.spec.org, and server utilization rate (averaged of 24hrs) of 33%.  Conversion of CO2 to number of car values @ www.carbonify.com, assuming 21mpg vehicle/12k miles per year.  Estimated domestic power consumption @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_energy_consumption Hoover Dam power rating @ http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/faqs/powerfaq.html .