Integral to the Energy Farm mission is a solid presence on the World Wide Web, provided through a dedicated Web server and LAN powered entirely by renewable energy. This server, nicknamed the Solar Server, will provide information, resources, statistics and reports, indices of state and federal incentives, links, contacts and other data on the dedicated subjects of renewable energy production and high-efficiency living. The Energy Farm server shall be of an open and flexible architecture, to allow future expansion as needed to meet the growing demands of our mission.

The Solar Server will also host the Energy Farm’s Local Area Network (LAN). The server and its ancillary hardware will be located in the Fuller Library.

The Solar Sever shall consist of:

  1. Servers configured into clusters by task: The servers will use Intel Xeon Quad-Core processors and have at least 8GB of RAM. Storage will be handled by Storage Area Network (SAN) units varying in size by task demand.
    • Operating System: Novell Open Enterprise Server (Linux)
      The Linux environment will allow the servers to take full advantage of the processors, especially in multi-processor servers. By using Novell Open Enterprise Server, we will have tight integration of services with eDirectory for management of hardware and software.
    • User Authentication and Management: Novell Identity Manager and eDirectory
    • Workstation and Application Management: Novell ZENworks and YaST
    • Messaging and Collaboration: Novell GroupWise
    • Databases: mySQL
  2. Gigabit Switches: The switches will be of at least two types: Gigabit only and Gigabit with fiber. This allows the fiber capable switches to connect to the high speed backbone and act as a distribution layer for pure Gigabit switches that will provide connectivity to the workstations and laptops.
  3. Desktop and laptop workstations: All desktop workstations will use LCD displays as they use less electricity and produce less heat than CRT displays. Laptops are preferred to desktop systems because of the overall efficiency designed into the system. Alternately, desktop systems designed around efficiency like the iMac and other all-in-one systems are preferred when a laptop is not appropriate.