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Environmental Impact Provisioning

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000188651D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Oct-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Oct-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Complex system provisioning improvement for environmental impact reduction

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Environmental Impact Provisioning

Smarter Planet Systems like data centers need to be operated with less environmental impact. This is accomplished with a split up of one resource provisioner to a pool of different suppliers. A rule-based management optimizes the resource application. This technique also extends the waste disposal. Figure 1 shows the principle control flow.

Fig.1 Principle Control Flow

This article describes a system for implementing Environmental Impact Provisioning (EIP). It can extend Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with environmental aspects; thus becoming Environmental Level Agreements (ELAs). EIP affects and ELAs will apply to construction and/or operation of complex resource consuming systems like buildings or data centers. Every distinct consumed resource from even multiple distinct suppliers can be provisioned at any given time based on financial and environmental aspects. In addition, since described systems are also causing different kind of wastes which can also have environmental impacts, these will be provisioned by as well.

Disclosed is the system and methods for implementing Environmental Impact Provisioning (EIP) thus enabling SLAs to become ELAs. Complex systems like buildings or data centers require resources (like water, electrical power and so forth) that are provided by suppliers for their construction or operation. At the same time they typically produce unwanted output like waste water, exhaust gases, garbage and so forth. All these resources and wastes represent a major part of the carbon footprint of the construction or operation of the system. This carbon footprints needs to be minimized. It have to be provisionable for customers who are buying service of the data centers or other customers renting or are owning floors or office space in a building.

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Fig.2 Schematical illustration of the EIP system

Disclosed Figure 2 is a schematical illustration of the EIP system. Provisioned system is a complex system like an office building construction or data center operation. Provisioned system requir...