eBay bids for cost-cutting efficiency

eBay has made a bid to boost its green credentials by opening an energy efficient data centre in Arizona. Called ‘Project Mercury’, the new building is now using power more […]

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By Vicky Ellis

eBay has made a bid to boost its green credentials by opening an energy efficient data centre in Arizona.

Called ‘Project Mercury’, the new building is now using power more efficiently despite temperatures in the desert hitting 46C.

The Green Grid, which put in the technology, looked at eBay’s servers and how its data centres were designed and operated. It claims by redesigning the data centre, the costs for hosting 80% of eBay’s applications were slashed in half.

Dean Nelson, Senior Director of Global Foundational Services at eBay said: “We needed to meet an organisational demand to consolidate data centres and deploy tens of thousands of new servers in under six months. As part of that process, we wanted to push the envelope in terms of what had been achieved in data centre efficiency to date.”