Starting Oct. 11, Big Blue is launching a new program—dubbed a "mainframe gauge"—for customers of its System z9 mainframes that will allow them to monitor and collect statistics on the amount of energy their mainframes' systems use in a typical day.
The Armonk, N.Y., company also will begin collecting and publishing data from approximately 1,000 customers' mainframes in order to better gauge the average numbers of watts a system uses per hour and to offer a better picture of the average watts and kilowatts a computer uses in a given day or week.
All of these efforts fall under IBM's "Project Big Green," which the company first announced May 11 as a $1 billion project that looks to double the computing capacity of its own data centers without increasing power consumption by 2010.
One of the first steps IBM took toward this goal happened in August when the company announced plans to compact 3,900 of its own servers onto 33 virtualized System z mainframes running Linux.
Eweek is covering the story.