GreenDataNet is a project from the European Commission FP7 Program. The initiative aims at reducing the environmental footprint of growing data traffic, while using data centres as Smart Grid nodes, through smart energy management at server, rack, data centre and network levels. The GreenDataNet Project aims to blunt the impact of the data explosion on the energy economy.

GreenDataNet includes efficiency measures (IT, cooling and storage), and local RES integration and storage. The project will develop technologies that will allow urban data centres to reach 80% of renewable power use and decrease their average Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) from an average of 1.6-2.0 today to less than 1.3. GreenDataNet will enable energy monitoring and optimization of IT, power, cooling and storage. The solution proposed in GreenDataNet enables smart energy management at three levels: rack (or group of racks), individual data centre, and network of distributed data centers.

GreenDataNet aims to:

  • Reduce the environmental impact of the data explosion
  • Design and validate a new smart energy management system allowing urban data centers to radically improve their energy and environmental performance.


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