Energy Efficiency in Virtualized Distributed Environments

OGF has released the June, 2009 issue of GridConnections with a summary of the OGF25 Workshop on GreenIT chaired by Ian Osborne, OGF Vice President of Enterprise. One of the aims of the workshop was to develop a reference model for the management of energy efficiency in virtualized distributed environments.

The agenda included a presentation about “VM Management for Green Data Centers with the OpenNebula Virtual Infrastructure Engine”. The talk presented and demonstrated a first prototype of the functionality provided by the OpenNebula Virtual Infrastructure Engine to reduce energy demands through consolidation and dynamic management of virtual machines across a distributed infrastructure. OpenNebula provides a framework for the implementation of a reference model for the management of energy efficiency in virtualized distributed environments; monitoring energy attributes in the physical resources, orchestrating virtual machines, and controlling physical resources to meet energy requirements and policies.

As a follow-up of this workshop a BoF on “Metrics and an API for Green Computing on the Cloud” was arranged at OGF26, chaired by Sven van den Berghe, with the aim of exploring how energy and CO2 usage of services can be reported to their users so that “green” behavior can be encouraged as users become aware of the implications of their choices. You are invited to join the mailing list for future discussions.

Ignacio Martín Llorente

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