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Wikibon Bows Conserve IT

MARLOBOROUGH, Mass. -- Wikibon, the worlds first Web 2.0 technology research and advisory community, today announced Conserve IT, a new service designed to assist IT companies and their customers to qualify for rewards offered by Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) for installing energy-efficient equipment. Conserve IT is a first-of-its-kind service that accelerates the qualification of storage products for energy rebates and provides independent validation of energy efficiency for storage platforms from a number of leading vendors, spanning emerging Web 2.0 suppliers to the most recognized brands in the business.

Conserve IT was launched on behalf of IT customers in the Wikibon community who wanted to take advantage of the excellent programs PG&E and other utilities have put in place to conserve energy. The community felt that it could help to dramatically increase the participation of storage technologies which are major consumers of power and cooling in data centers. PG&E responded to Wikibon by allocating resources to help qualify additional storage technologies and providing guidance to the storage industry at large.

Conserve IT is a new Wikibon services designed to:

  • Obtain the qualification of IT products from utility companies such as PG&E;
  • Enable IT vendors to rapidly secure incentives for end customers;
  • Widely distribute customer best practices on energy efficiency via Wikibon case studies.

Conserve IT significantly speeds the time-to-qualification, provides independent validation of energy savings, results in cash incentives for customers and enables the sharing of techniques for reducing energy consumption in data centers. Seven storage suppliers have signed on for Wikibon’s Conserve IT and have achieved or are actively seeking qualification of their technologies with PG&E and other utilities. Those committed to validating the energy efficiency of their storage platforms include 3PAR, Compellent, DataDirect Networks, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, Nexsan and Xiotech.

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