BEAR Data Systems offers power company rebates for data center virtualization

April 1, 2009 -- The Cisco partner reports that its expertise allows customers to reduce power and cooling consumption, cutting the cost of data center renovation by as much as half.

April 1, 2009 -- As data centers have grown larger, so has the demand for power and cooling within them, so much so that certain power companies have begun offering rebates to enterprises that make changes to reduce those demands.

BEAR Data Systems, Inc., an IT solutions and services provider and Cisco Gold Certified partner, reports that it has become so proficient at reducing power through virtualization that its clients are often able to completely upgrade their data centers while receiving as much as half the cost back in the form of such rebates.

"Data centers are the heart of many large and mid-market enterprises," comments Don James, CEO at BEAR Data Systems. "Keeping them operating at peak efficiency is mission-critical. By using Cisco infrastructure and VMware's virtualization tools, we are able to redesign data centers in a way that actually helps reduce the amount of hardware required, which in turn reduces both power and cooling needs. As an approved utility rebate facilitator we are able to take advantage of the rebates the utilities offer, which allows our clients to optimize those benefits to help pay for their data center upgrade."

Among the utility companies offering rebates for data center power and cooling optimization are Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. PG&E alone provided more than $250 million in energy efficiency rebates in 2008.

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