December 16, 2008 15:45 ET

Plastics Information Company Goes Green With Natural Cooling, Wind Power

LARAMIE, WY--(Marketwire - December 16, 2008) - Data centers and servers consume vast amounts of energy in the U.S., and Laramie-based IDES Inc., the leading search engine provider for the plastics industry, is changing how it operates to lower its impact on the environment.

The company recently opened its own state-of-the-art, naturally cooled computer server room at its offices in Laramie, and colocated back-up servers at Green House Data, a 100 percent renewable energy powered data center in Cheyenne.

The new server room uses ambient air from the outside to cool their computer servers, reducing air conditioner use by about 70 percent. The system also uses warm air generated by the servers to heat the rest of the building during the winter months.

"For us, advancing the environment while lowering operating costs is good business," said Mike Kmetz, president of IDES. "Our hope is that companies both in our community and our industry adopt new energy-saving technologies too."

As a backup and disaster recovery measure, IDES also colocated servers at Green House Data. The facility is powered by renewable wind energy purchased from the local power company's wind farm. Because energy is a top cost driver for data centers, the high-availability and secure facility is designed to operate at approximately 60 percent lower energy utilization per square foot than comparable data centers of the same size.

"We are pleased to see our customers as excited about greening their own operations as we are," said Shawn Mills, president of Green House Data. "When five percent of all electricity in the U.S. is consumed by data centers and servers, companies have a responsibility to drive their energy consumption down for the environment as well as their bottom line."

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About IDES Inc.

IDES is a plastic materials information management company. The Plastics Web® from IDES is a website with a vertical search engine connecting tens of thousands of companies around the globe with plastics content and technical datasheets from 700 global resin manufacturers. The company provides custom information management services for nearly all resin distributors and a number of resin manufacturers. IDES is headquartered in Laramie, Wyoming, with offices in Europe. For more information, visit

About Green House Data

Green House Data is Wyoming's first high-density data center and hosted computing facility. The company offers the region's lowest cost, high-availability colocation and managed hosting facility. The company's green operations deliver a zero carbon footprint facility that is approximately ten percent less expensive than its competitors. For more information visit:

Contact Information

  • For more information:
    Nathan Potter
    Marketing Manager
    IDES Inc.
    Phone: 307-742-9227 ext. 246
    Email: Email Contact

    Shawn Mills
    President and Founder
    Green House Data
    Phone: 866-995-3282
    Email: Email Contact