Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.35
Liaison James Biesecker
Submission Date Dec. 1, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Gettysburg College
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jim Biesecker
Associate Vice President of Facilites Planning & Management
Facilities Services Office
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

Gettysburg College’s Information Technology (IT) Department has been working on virtualizing the College’s servers for the past three years. Virtualizing servers allows three or four servers to run on a single machine. In comparison, typical servers each require its own machine. With fewer machines in server room, energy input and heat generation is greatly reduced.

Currently, Gettysburg College operates 130 physical servers (machines) with an additional 48 virtual servers utilizing those machines as well. Without the virtual servers, the College’s server machine count would be approximately 175.

As older server machines expire, and as companies allow, the IT Department virtualizes more and more servers, further reducing energy loss.

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