New EnergyStar Specifications for Small Network Equipment, Data Center Storage Products
The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized its first EnergyStar specifications for small network equipment and data center storage products. Covered small network products include household items such as modems, routers and devices that combine both of those functions as well as optical network devices and cable and Digital Subscriber Line-integrated access devices, routers, switches and access points. Covered storage products are most commonly found in data centers and are typically responsible for storing and retrieving data for email systems, image hosting, on-line gaming, financial transactions and medical records. They are composed of a large array of hard disks or solid state drives managed by specialized controller hardware, with capacities generally ranging from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes of data.
Manufacturers new to the EnergyStar program may submit a partnership agreement to the EPA to initiate the application process for small network equipment and data center storage products. Existing partners are only required to send an email expressing their intention to certify products to the new specifications. Third-party laboratories interested in obtaining EPA recognition for these new specifications may begin the accreditation process with their accreditation body if they have not already done so.