It Can Be So Easy Being Green


Being green is something SUSE knows quite a bit about. It is, after all, our mascot’s favorite color.

But there is green, and then there is green—the movement to improve technology so that energy use is lower while productivity and usefulness remains as high, if not higher.

In the past, “green” and “environment” seemed to be the purview of idealists who wanted to save the planet. That is still the case, but a lot of people are realizing that being green also makes good sense for much more pragmatic reasons, too: put a little effort into your configuration, and you can save the planet and save on your bottom line, too.

That seems to be a lesson General Motors is learning. A recent feature on Ars Technica reveals much about their data center strategy and how it strives to be green as well as super-powerful.

To accomplish this mix, GM had to configure their machines just so, which meant working with software that would adapt to its needs. That means 2,500 virtual servers, “88 percent of which run on GM’s two standard provisioned operating systems: SUSE Linux and Microsoft Windows 2008 R2.”

Not only is SUSE part of GM’s data center story, but it plays a key role in the integrated systems that GM uses in its data warehouse, which “consists of a cluster of IBM servers running a Hadoop cluster, a Teradata analytics ‘appliance,’ and another rack of HP compute servers running visualization and reporting tools on VMware virtual server instances.” That Teradata appliance is one of the many integrated systems in the marketplace that has SUSE inside.

GM should be proud of the accomplishments it has made with its Warren, MI data center… it’s great to see green in action.

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