Data Center Storage Specification Version 1.0

The Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR specification for Data Center Storage has been finalized and will take effect on December 2, 2013. Materials related to the revision process are provided below. Partners and other interested parties with questions or concerns regarding these materials or the revision process can contact RJ Meyers, EPA, at Meyers.Robert@epa.gov. To be added to the contact list, stakeholders are encouraged to contact storage@energystar.gov with their contact information.

ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Memo Regarding Version 1.0 Program Requirements Update - April 22, 2016

ENERGY STAR Data Center Version 1.0 Updated Program Requirements - March 6, 2014

ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Version 1.0 — August 28, 2013

Stakeholder Comments Final Draft Version 1.0
EMC Comments (PDF, 352 KB)
The Green Grid Comments (PDF, 322 KB)
HP Comments (PDF, 78 KB)
IBM Comments (PDF, 105 KB)
SNIA Comments (PDF, 238 KB)

Version 1.0 Storage Final Draft Webinar - July 9, 2013

EPA hosted a webinar to discuss the newly released Final Draft Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Specification and Test Method. The meeting was held on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, from 3:00 PM to 5:0 PM Eastern Time. Meeting materials are linked below.

Final Draft Webinar (PDF, 448 KB)

Version 1.0 Final Draft Specification and Test Method - June 20, 2013

EPA welcomes your feedback on these documents. Comments on the Final Draft Specification and Test Method are due via email to storage@energystar.gov no later than July 15, 2013. EPA will host a webinar on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Please RSVP to storage@energystar.gov no later than July 5, 2013.

Final Draft Test Method (PDF, 122 KB)

Stakeholder Comments on Draft 4 Version 1.0
EMC Comments (PDF, 282 KB)
HP Comments (PDF, 76 KB)
Huawei Comments (PDF, 394 KB)
IBM Comments (PDF, 117 KB)
NetApp Comments (PDF, 137 KB)
SNIA Comments (PDF, 146 KB)

Version 1.0 Storage Draft 4 Webinar - April 2, 2013

EPA hosted a webinar to discuss the newly released Draft 4 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage specification and test method. The meeting was held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.  Meeting materials are linked below.

Draft 4 Webinar (PDF, 515 KB)

Version 1.0 Draft 4 Specification and Test Method - March 21, 2013

EPA welcomes your feedback on these documents. Comments on the Draft 4 Specification and Draft 2 Test Method are due via email to storage@energystar.gov no later than April 19, 2013. EPA will host a webinar on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 starting at 1:00 PM EST. Please RSVP to storage@energystar.gov no later than March 29, 2013.

Draft 4 Cover Letter (PDF, 42 KB)
Draft 4 Specification (PDF, 228 KB)
Draft 2 Test Method (PDF, 125 KB)

Proposed Path to Final Data Center Storage Version 1.0 - November 5, 2012

EPA held a discussion with stakeholders on September 5, 2012 to discuss the direction of Draft 4 of the Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage specification. This document summarizes the approach EPA proposes to take for the Storage specification, including some significant proposed changes in testing requirements.


Data Center Storage Testing Discussion Document — August 27, 2012

Version 1.0 Draft 3 Webinar - July 11, 2012

EPA hosted a webinar to discuss the newly released Draft 3 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage specification and Draft Test Method. The meeting was held on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM Eastern Time. Meeting materials are linked below.

Draft 3 Webinar (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Version 1.0 Draft 3 Specification - June 22, 2012

EPA welcomes your feedback on these documents. Comments on Draft 3 and the Draft Test Method are due via email to storage@energystar.gov no later than July 27, 2012. EPA will host a webinar on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 starting at 1:00 PM EST. The agenda will be focused on changes introduced in Draft 3 and also include discussion of other issues relating to the ENERGY STAR program such as verification testing. Please RSVP to storage@energystar.gov no later than Tuesday, July 3, 2012 with the subject "RSVP – Storage Draft 3 specification meeting."

Draft 3 Cover Letter (PDF, 39 KB)
Draft 3 Specification (PDF, 239 KB)
Draft Test Method (PDF, 38 KB)

EPA Memorandum on Best Foot Forward Approach - December 2, 2011

EPA developed a memorandum explaining the potential use of an industry developed Best Foot Forward (BFF) approach to categorizing product families and configurations in data center storage systems. This document summarizes the benefits of BFF, as well as additional considerations that must be addressed to meet the goals of the ENERGY STAR program.


Stakeholder Comments on Version 1.0 Draft 2 Specification
Dell Comments (PDF, 23 KB)
EMC Comments (PDF, 284 KB)
The Green Grid Comments (PDF, 331 KB)
Hitachi Comments (PDF, 22 KB)
HP Comments (PDF, 47 KB)
IBM Comments (PDF, 46 KB)
ITI Comments (PDF, 287 KB)
SNIA Comments (PDF, 40 KB)

Version 1.0 Draft 2 Stakeholder Meeting - October 13, 2011

EPA hosted an in-person stakeholder meeting to discuss the newly released Draft 2 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage specification. The meeting was held on Thursday, October 13, 2011, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time, at the JW Marriott Orlando Grand Lakes Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Meeting materials are linked below.


Version 1.0 Draft 2 Specification - October 6, 2011

EPA welcomes your feedback on this document. Comments on Draft 2 are due via email to storage@energystar.gov no later than November 4, 2011.

Draft 2 Cover Letter (PDF, 40 KB)
Draft 2 Specification (PDF, 170 KB)

SNIA Technical Symposium Presentation - July 19, 2011

EPA presented an overview of the Data Center Storage specification development at the SNIA Technical Symposium in Chicago, Illinois.


Stakeholder Webinar - February 23, 2011

EPA hosted a webinar to discuss EPA's interest in additional energy performance data for storage products that are currently being considered for inclusion in the Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage specification and to respond to stakeholder questions.

Supplemental Data Sheet (EXCEL, 69 KB)

Draft 1 Version 1.0 Stakeholder Meeting - July 20, 2010

EPA hosted an in-person stakeholder meeting to discuss comments received on the Draft 1 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage specification and to initiate the next round of storage data collection. The meeting was held on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM Pacific Time, at the Sainte Claire Hotel in San Jose, CA. Meeting materials are linked below.

ENERGY STAR Presentation (PDF, 328 KB)

Stakeholder Comments on Draft 1 Version 1.0 Specification
CEE Comments (PDF, 114 KB)
CSCI Comments (PDF, 117 KB)
Dell Comments (PDF, 65 KB)
EMC Comments (PDF, 360 KB)
Google Comments (PDF, 51 KB)
Hitachi Comments (PDF, 20 KB)
HP Comments (PDF, 23 KB)
IBM Comments (PDF, 29 KB)
Oracle Comments (PDF, 215 KB)
SNIA Comments (PDF, 90 KB)

Stakeholder Meeting to Discuss Preliminary Data Analysis & Draft 1 - April 15, 2010

On April 15, 2010, EPA hosted a stakeholder meeting and conference call to discuss preliminary data analysis and the recently released Draft 1 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage specification. Meeting materials and a copy of the ENERGY STAR raw data set from the first round of data analysis are linked below.


Draft 1 Version 1.0 Specification - April 9, 2010

EPA welcomes your feedback on this document. Comments on Draft 1 are due via email to storage@energystar.gov no later than May 21, 2010.

Draft 1 Cover Letter (PDF, 92 KB)
Draft 1 Specification (PDF, 524 KB)

Meeting MaterialsThe Green Grid Technical Forum - February 2, 2010

Servers (10:00 AM to 12:30 PM):


Storage (1:30 PM to 4:00 PM):


Stakeholder Information Session Meeting Announcement

Representatives from the US EPA will be in attendance at The Green Grid Technical Forum in San Jose, CA on February 2, 2010, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PT, at the San Jose Marriott. Please RSVP to storage@energystar.gov or servers@energystar.gov no later than Friday, January 22. Indicate in your response whether you will be participating in person or via Webinar, and which of the two sessions you plan to attend.


Data Collection Procedure - December 28, 2009

The U.S. Environmental Production Agency (EPA) would like to invite interested parties to test the energy performance of storage products that are currently being considered for inclusion in the Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage specification. Please review the attached cover letter, data collection procedure, and test data collection sheet for further information. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit test data via e-mail to storage@energystar.gov no later than Friday, February 12, 2009.


Draft Data Collection Procedure for Review - November 3, 2009

On November 3, 2009, EPA distributed the following first draft data collection procedure and data sheet for stakeholder review and comment. Stakeholders are welcome to submit comments to storage@energystar.gov no later than December 4, 2009.


Storage Testing Workshop - October 15, 2009

On Thursday, October 15, 2009, the US EPA hosted a working session to discuss test procedures and plans for preliminary testing of data center storage products. Several industry representatives presented their perspectives on energy efficiency test procedures for storage. Stakeholders are welcome to submit comments and proposals to storage@energystar.gov. Meeting materials are posted below:

ENERGY STAR Presentation (PDF, 588 KB)
CSCI Presentation (PDF, 435 KB)
IDC Presentation (PDF, 231 KB)
SNIA GSI Presentation (PDF, 635 KB)
SNIA Japan Presentation (PDF, 440 KB)
SPC Presentation (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Wikibon Presentation (PDF, 715 KB)

Stakeholder Meeting - July 20, 2009

On July 20, 2009, EPA hosted the first stakeholder meeting to review feedback on the Specification Framework Document. Presentation materials from the meeting are posted below.

Stakeholder Meeting RSVP (PDF, 173 KB)

Stakeholder Comments on Specification Framework Document
3PAR Comments (PDF, 39 KB)
Deutsche Bank Comments (PDF, 12 KB)
Dot Hill Comments (PDF, 25 KB)
EMC Comments (PDF, 161 KB)
Fujitsu Comments (PDF, 53 KB)
Hie Electronics Comments (PDF, 287 KB)
IBM Comments (PDF, 69 KB)
Intel Comments (PDF, 18 KB)
LSI Comments (PDF, 54 KB)
Microsoft Comments (PDF, 67 KB)
NetApp Comments (PDF, 27 KB)
SNIA Comments (PDF, 711 KB)
StorageIO Comments (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Wikibon Comments (PDF, 91 KB)

Data Center Storage Specification Framework Document - June 4, 2009
Cover Memo (PDF, 45 KB)

Announcement Letter - April 23, 2009