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Techbuyer’s Interact tool targets carbon reduction in ICT

Written by Wed 13 Jan 2021

Smart tool suggests refurbished components and rack-level server solutions to improve energy efficiency

Techbuyer has launched a spin-off software business focused on energy optimisation in the data centre.

The data centre hardware supply group and ‘circular economy‘ advocate says its new Interact tool provides operators ‘previously unseen’ energy optimisation recommendations to support the data centre industry’s carbon reduction agenda.

The software suggests new and refurbished server options based on user performance requirements to support a more sustainable data centre supply chain.

A Techbuyer study claimed Interact delivers potential energy cost savings of £200,000 in year 1 and £480,000 in years 2 and 3, corresponding to a 460,000 kg reduction in CO2 emissions.

That’s not including CO2 saved when using refurbished machines, which avoids the emissions associated with mining, manufacturing and transporting new hardware.

The smart tool is a culmination of a two-year research and development partnership between Techbuyer and the University of East London.  The organisations have co-authored a paper supporting the efficacy of Interact that will be published in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in the coming weeks.

“The IEEE paper represents peer-reviewed evidence that it makes perfect sense to refresh with properly configured refurbished servers for energy efficiency as well as reduced environmental footprint,” said Rich Kenny, Global IT Director for Techbuyer and Directory of Strategy for Interact.

“The Interact tool builds on that with machine learning smart software to give the most effective energy and cost-saving solution for IT refresh – be that through replacing existing infrastructure with new or refurbished server configurations – or through upgrading existing configurations instead”.

Written by Wed 13 Jan 2021


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