Andre O’Brien is the latest recipient of Mayor Richard J. Berry’s Efficiency, Stewardship and Accountability award.
November 9, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Andre O’Brien is the latest recipient of Mayor Richard J. Berry’s Efficiency, Stewardship and Accountability award.
Mr. O’Brien spearheaded a project that saved the City of Albuquerque and the IT’s Data Center approximately $27,000 a year in energy expenses.
The first project his team accepted was turning off high-powered lights to reduce overall power consumption. They now only use the lights when work is required in that specific area. The savings from this aspect of the project alone are about $3,000 a year.
A large part of these savings came from Mr. O’Brien figuring out how to increase the airflow into the data center. He and his team rearranged all the equipment and furniture that had been problematically blocking air flow through the servers. They also reorganized cables to provide for a more efficient layout. Lastly the team got creative when they found that all the stored paper was creating “white dust” that was blocking the air flow through servers.
As if those efficiency measures weren’t enough, the team also virtualized more than fifty servers into four servers to reduce power consumption and cooling needs. These moves along with many others are what led to the data center saving more than $27,000 a year.