IBM Partners with Highmark

Helps Highmark optimize "green" data center to make it energy efficient.

IBM, a provider of IT infrastructure services, today announced that it has partnered with Highmark to transform Highmark's energy-efficient data center in its Harrisburg, Pennsylvania location.

The company states that an increasing number of companies are implementing initiatives to reduce the risk of climate change's impact. By identifying cooling and electrical usage trends, it avers that it helped Highmark uncover opportunities to reduce excessive operational costs. This has helped Highmark increase data center flexibility, speed of response and availability - all of which will translate into better service and value for Highmark members.

It explains that its technologies and services are aimed at helping clients reduce data center energy consumption. The data center is an area of information technology that can reap lasting benefits by using 'greener' technology. It further adds that its analysis of Highmark's data center included a data center energy efficiency assessment and a thermal analysis using its Mobile Measurement Technology (MMT), which measures 3D temperature distributions within data centers to discover where improvements are needed.

"Inefficiencies in power and cooling usage can represent a tremendous drain on data center environments. IBM's Mobile Measurement Technology can help clients optimize their environments and realize an annual energy savings of 10-12% above and beyond savings from their green investment," said Bob Tierney, Site and Facilities, Services Sales Leader at IBM. "Improving energy efficiency and extending the life of the data center is especially important in these economic times, as clients look for ways to positively impact bottom lines."

"A significant percent of our IT costs are driven by actual computing systems - the hard drives, servers and storage appliances. At Highmark, we are always looking for opportunities to reduce our power footprint. IBM has shown us how we can improve efficiency in our data center -- both to reduce our environmental impact and to support our offerings to the community," said Mark Wood, director of data center infrastructure at Highmark.

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