Minnesota's Office of Enterprise Technology announced on Wednesday it has contracted data centre software provider Aperture to manage 30,000 square feet of data centre space, power and cooling and to help plan and implement energy-saving initiatives within the state's primary shared data centre.
The OET provides information services to Minnesota government, including developing enterprise information strategies, policies and standards.
The governmental organisation also oversees IT investments and creates a secure and efficient information management environment.
As part of its ongoing efforts to be energy efficient, the OET will use Aperture VISTA Data Center Service Management to ensure that data center equipment is properly commissioned and decommissioned, and to plan, model and implement energy-saving initiatives in the data centre.
In April, Vanderbilt University Medical Center selected Aperture's VISTA 500 solution to increase visibility into the physical aspects of its data center operations.
The OET will use the software to baseline its current power consumption, enabling the organisation to measure the effectiveness of future energy-saving initiatives.
Additionally, VISTA says it will facilitate Minnesota's ability to manage capacity in as energy efficient a way as possible without compromising the business demands placed on the data center.
"More organisations are becoming aware of the impact their data center is having on the environment and many, like the state of Minnesota, are actively working to reduce their energy usage," says Steve Yellen, vice president of Aperture's product and market strategy.
"Aperture's products are intrinsically designed to help with green initiatives because they help to improve resource efficiency incrementally over time. We are confident that Aperture can help Minnesota reach its goals."
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