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Designing Green Networks and Network Operations

Saving Run-the-Engine Costs, 1st Edition

By Daniel Minoli

CRC Press

455 pages | 95 B/W Illus.

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In recent years, socio-political trends toward environmental responsibility and the pressing need to reduce Run-the-Engine (RTE) costs have resulted in the concept of Green IT. Although a significant amount of energy is used to operate routing, switching, and transmission equipment, comparatively less attention has been paid to Green Networking. A clear and concise introduction to green networks and green network operations, Designing Green Networks and Network Operations: Saving Run-the-Engine Costs guides you through the techniques available to achieve efficiency goals for corporate and carrier networks, including deploying more efficient hardware, blade form-factor routers and switches, and pursuing consolidation, virtualization, and network and cloud computing.

The book:

  • Delineates techniques to minimize network power, cooling, floor space, and online storage while optimizing service performance, capacity, and availability
  • Discusses virtualization, network computing, and Web services as approaches for green data centers and networks
  • Emphasizes best practices and compliance with international standards for green operations
  • Extends the green data center techniques to the networking environment
  • Incorporates green principles in the intranet, extranet, and the entire IT infrastructures
  • Reviews networking, power management, HVAC and CRAC basics
  • Presents methodical steps toward a seamless migration to Green IT and Green Networking


"This overview should appeal to operational personnel who want to estimate cost and investment impacts or consider systems engineering options affecting the latter. … the book is a time saver, and it may help contributors to greener designs see their specific work in a broader context."

Computing Reviews, June 2012

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview

Appendix 1A: Green IT Bibliography

Appendix 1B: Partial List of Resources

Appendix 1C: Examples of How Networking Has Already Had a Major Greening Impact

Appendix 1D: Taxonomy of General Greening Initiatives

A Networking Primer

Networking Functions

Information Transfer and Regeneration Function

Multiplexing Function

Grooming Function

Switching Function

Routing Function

Networking Equipment

Grooming Equipment

Concepts and Analytical Measures for Green Operations

Electric Energy and Applicable Metrics

Air Conditioning

IT Assets

Discrete Metrics

Aggregate Metrics

Power Usage Efficiency (PUE)

Energy Consumption Rating (ECR)

Telecommunications Energy Efficiency Ratio (TEER)

Telecommunications Equipment Energy Efficiency Rating(TEEER)External Power Adapters Set-Top Boxes Example: High-Definition, Cable Set-Top Box with DVR

Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC)

Standardization Efforts

Metrics on Carbon Footprints

Other Metrics

Appendix 3A: Common Information Systems Assets

Appendix 3B: Conversion of Units

Appendix 3C: Example Carbon Footprint Calculations

Power Management Basics

Current Types

Power Measurements

Single-Phase Loads: Smaller AC Operations/Nodes

Balanced Three-Phase Loads4.2.3 Expressing Loads in Kilowatts (kW)


Backup Power Systems

Appendix 4A: Three-Phase Power

HVAC and CRAC Basics

General Overview of an Air-Conditioning System

DX Unitary Systems: HVAC Systems

Chilled-Water Applied Systems: HVAC Systems


Chiller Issues

General Overview of a Computer Room Air-Conditioning System

Regulatory and Best Practices Background

Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS)

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Energy Consumption Rating Initiative (ECR)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

European Commission Joint Research Center (JRC)

European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO)

European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan and Other Initiatives

Network Equipment Building System (NEBS)

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 6.14 Others (Short List)

Approaches for Green Networks and Data Centers Environmentals

Data Center Strategies

Data Center Cooling Strategies

Improved Power Distribution

Overall Best Practices

Case Study Examples

Blade Technology Issues

Other IT Greening Techniques

Network Strategies

Retire and Replace Obsolescent Equipment

Wireless Networks


Access Networks

Satellite Operators

Short List of Other Possible Initiatives

Enterprise Equipment

Home Networking and Communications Equipment

Approaches for Green Networks and Data Centers Virtualization, Web Services, Cloud/Network Computing, Hosting, and Packetization

A Press-Time Snapshot of Cloud/Grid/Network Computing

Cloud/Grid/Network Computing Technology

Potential Applications and Financial Benefits of Cloud/Grid Computing

Cloud/Grid Types, Topologies, and Components

Comparison with Other Approaches

Enterprise-Level Virtualization

Service-Oriented Network (SON) Concepts



Each chapter includes References

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COMPUTERS / Networking / General