IT managers are increasingly seeking out suppliers of high performance, cost-effective and energy-efficient Green IT products. Their primary driver is economic: to reduce skyrocketing data center operational costs, a large proportion of which are energy related costs. As energy costs continue to escalate, users will need to spend significantly more to power and cool their server hardware than to purchase it.
"Earth-friendly" Product Advantages
Supermicro leverages advanced technology and system design expertise to reduce the power consumption of our server, blade, workstation and storage systems. Over many years of experience, we have become an industry leader in power saving technology. In 2006, for example, our 1U Twin™ servers were introduced featuring two DP nodes in a 1U form factor with 89% power efficiency. In 2007 our SuperBlade® systems built on this technology achievement to develop 93% power efficiency. In 2008 Supermicro's DatacenterBlade™ and OfficeBlade™ won Blade System Insight's "Best Green Data Center Solution" award for 93%+ power supply efficiency and our TwinBlade™ won Blade Systems Insight's prestigious "Best Blade-Based Solution" award in 2010 for the highest-performance/density Blade solution with 94%+ power supply efficiency.
Leading the way to even greater results, our engineers continue to improve green technology as a primary product design objective. In 2011, Supermicro introduced a major breakthrough in power supply technology with the industry's first SuperCompact (L220mm x W54.5mm x H40mm ) 1U 400W supply module conforming to Energy Star 2.0 specifications.
As a result of these efforts, the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of Supermicro's servers and computer systems has decreased significantly over time. Each of our 93%+ efficient systems, comparing to others equipped with traditional 70% to 80% efficient power supplies, can save up to $200 to $500 per year depending on configuration and usage. Alternatively, this savings can provide a reduction of more than half a metric ton of carbon dioxide emissions from the generation of electric power from fossil fuels.
As an example, each node of Supermicro's SuperBlade® can save up to 100 watts over a traditional discrete 1U rack-mount server. These savings add up quickly when a SuperBlade chassis is fully populated with 10 servers. By eliminating the overhead in 1U discrete servers and using high-efficiency (up to 93%) power supplies, the SuperBlade® can save customers between $700 and $1,000 per year in power - even more when lower cooling costs are included. And the carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by more than 5.5 metric tons - the equivalent to planting 1.7 acres of trees.
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- Optimized System Architecture created to take advantage of Supermicro's power saving technology to produce optimal cooling at all application levels
- Motherboards Designed With Leading-Edge Technology and High-End Components such as high-efficiency VRMs optimized to reduce energy consumption
- High-Efficiency Power Supplies designed to run at significantly higher efficiencies of up to 94%+, greatly reducing energy losses
- Cooling Subsystems including advanced technology heat sinks, pulse-width modulated fan speed controls, structured chassis airflow designs, intelligent temperature and power management, all architected for the most effective cooling of all system components
Leadership and Commitment
As a leader in energy efficient computing, Supermicro is proud to support the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) as a major member and the Chair of CSCI APEC Region. CSCI's goal is to promote development, deployment and adoption of smart technologies that can improve computer efficiencies, with a goal to achieve a 50% reduction in computer power consumption by 2010.