Hewlett-Packard (www.hp.com) has been ranked at the top of the latest "Green Data Center" Vendor Matrix, an analytical tool developed by ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) as a clear rating of vendor position in specific markets.
According to ABI Research's announcement Wednesday, IBM (www.ibm.com) and Cisco (www.cisco.com) claimed the second and third spots respectively in the company's new evaluation of data center equipment vendor efforts to improve energy conservation and reduce environmental impact.
ABI Research's new evaluation method is the latest in a field that is growing in visibility and momentum as organizations like The Green Grid (www.thegreengrid.org) have been making strides in developing similar metrics and best practices for data centers. Also, LEED and Energy Star certifications have also provided guidance for data center operators on how to develop greener IT strategies. In May, data center operator Digital Realty Trust (www.digitalrealty.com) said it was the first data center firm to publish energy efficiency data about its facilities using the Power Usage Effectiveness metric.
ABI Research's Vendor Matrix assesses on the parameters of "innovation" and "implementation." For this matrix, under "innovation," ABI Research examined the firms' carbon footprints, regulatory compliance, recycling efforts, efforts at "greening" internal operations, their use of video and telecommuting, and their membership and participation in environmental organizations. Under "implementation," ABI Research rated the firms' product portfolios and features, intellectual property holdings, certification achievements, and use of planning and virtualization tools.
"HP should be complimented for its extensive internal green efforts," ABI Research vice president and research director Stan Schatt said in a statement. "While it has not received quite the publicity of IBM's Big Green efforts, the company has perhaps the most extensive list of carbon goals of any vendor, with clear accountability each year on which goals have been met. Cisco's focus on network switching and storage means that it cannot offer quite as broad a portfolio of products and services under one roof but must rely on vendor partners to fill technology gaps and channel partners to provide integration services. Still, Cisco joins HP at the top of any listing of vendors' internal green efforts."
This Green Data Center Vendor Matrix is one of three new ABI Vendor Matrices related to green networking practices including evaluations of WiFi and switching equipment.
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