AiNET offers customers savings on electricity costs with MicroMetering service

Colocation Provider AiNET Offers MicroMetering Service for Power Saving

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Colocation provider AiNET announced on Wednesday that it will offer its customers cost savings on power with its new MicroMetering service.

The service promises colocation customers cost savings of up to 70 percent by charging them based on electricity usage, not capacity, much like residential electricity billing. Customers only pay for minimum amount of power, and only more if they exceed that. This way power usage is burstable, like Internet access in a data center.

While customers will benefit from cost savings, AiNET will be able to allocate unused power to other resources, as well as promote more of a “green” approach to electricity usage.

“We’re making our data centers and IT systems greener, and enabling our customers to do the same,” Deepak Jain, president of AiNET said in a statement. “With MicroMetering our incentives align with those of our customers to conserve power by increasing server efficiency and density with no performance impact.”

MicroMetering is now available at its Laurel, Maryland and Beltsville, Maryland data centers and will be available at CyberNAP when it opens in July 2012.

While colocation customers traditionally pay a premium for the extra protection of backup power circuit, MicroMetering links power pricing to actual usage rather than configuration, so high-reliability redundant power configurations are more affordable.

MicroMetering allows power use to grow with need, and efficiency and density to grow with technology.

Another way AiNET achieves energy efficiency is through its work with Intel. By using Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager and Intel Data Center Manager customers can reduce peak power consumption by 20 percent without reduction in performance. On Thursday, the WHIR posted a Q&A with Intel’s director of data center manager solutions Jeffrey S. Klaus where he discussed the power crunch in the data center and the middleware tools Intel developed.

Last year, AiNET launched its cloud-based storage as a service offering that supports real-time applications.

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