The agreement comes as energy use in data centers comes under increasing scrutiny. Rising energy costs and the amount of powerful IT equipment that has been added to data centers in recent years has made them a cost center on the radar of senior executives.
Environmental pressures, including new carbon emissions rules that have been introduced in Europe and will likely come eventually to the U.S., are also forcing companies to be more aware of their data center energy use.
In the U.S., the Securities and Exchange Commission published new guidelines last month about the risks related to climate change that public companies must disclose to investors. John Stanley of the Uptime Institute wrote a blog post about it this week.
"Overall, the ruling provides businesses -- including those in the IT and data center industries -- yet another reason to keep energy use and environmental performance on their radar at the highest levels of management," he wrote.