Insurance operations are a significant source of energy and resource consumption, so it's great to see some leading companies stepping up to the plate to address these issues. I covered the green data center efforts of three major insurers—Aflac, Allstate and Nationwide—in the latest edition of INN, and found a lot of new thinking behind data center design and operations management.
Allstate Insurance Co., for one, just opened a green data center in Rochelle, Ill., incorporating a range of best practices and state-of-the-art technology aimed at saving energy and employing renewable resources. I had the chance to speak with Anthony Abbattista, VP of technology solutions for Allstate, who has been putting a lot of thought into the design and function of the center over the past few years, and said that the new data center ended up being only half the original size planned. Allstate also was planning to close its two older data centers by June of this year.
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