The A/NZ Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has formed a new committee focused on green IT initiatives around the datacentre.
Known as the Green Storage Committee, it will be made up of volunteers from the A/NZ SNIA group. Chairman, Jacob Van der Eyk, said it would initially focus on the datacentre because that was where most of the pressing problems were.
"We've been talking to users and there's a bit of confusion out there," he said. "There's a lot of hype around green IT, where do organisations start, what the value proposition is and if it's just a fad."
The committee will aim to increase awareness around power and cooling issues, educating vendors and users on the power conservation and developing alliances with organisations including The Green Grid and the government's EnergyStar programs with a focus on energy efficiency for network storage infrastructures.
Van der Eyk said many datacentres built in the last 15 years were facing a lot of pressure around their power consumption and heating and cooling techniques. Another issue related to refresh programs, consolidation in the datacentre and how to properly dispose of expired equipment.
"There is a commonality among businesses regarding the issues that they're facing. We want to bring them together and there's a lot of learning that we can collectively put on the table," he said. "It's an exciting time and we want the committee to determine what's best for the industry."
A Green Data Centre Symposium, which SNIA will take part of, will be launched in December and will provide discussions around environmental issues within the datacentre.
The committee will also be working closely with SNIA's US counterpart, which announced an alliance with the Green Grid consortium in April, to develop best practices for energy efficient datacentres.