Energy grant spurs Del Mar IT upgrade

Del Mar has targeted its data center to cut energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Using federal stimulus funds, the city’s Information Technology (IT) Department purchased a shared storage device and server virtualization software to reduce the number of servers needed to store municipal data.

The “server virtualization” project enabled the city’s IT personnel to consolidate its data center and eliminate six older servers. The drastic reduction in hardware will result in less energy to run and cool the machines.

In addition to energy savings, the computer upgrade will also greatly improve the IT department’s business continuity and disaster recovery process since the technology built into the shared storage device has the ability to back up and recover data more efficiently.

By centralizing data access, the city of 4,000 residents will save 30,000 kilowatt-hours which translates to saving $5,300 in energy costs annually and reducing CO2 emission by more than 10 tons every year.

The project, completed last December was funded with $25,000 from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program of the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The EECBG program, administered by the California Energy Commission is meant to help small cities and counties meet their energy efficiency goals.

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— Submitted release