A Mid-Year Look at eBay's Digital Service Efficiency: Q2 2013 Results

By: eBay Inc. Staff

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With the release of our Q2 2013 results, I’m reminded that we’re already halfway through the year. And, we’ve certainly come a long way – our Arizona data center earned an Energy Star Certification with a final score of 99; we disclosed our entire data center footprint on our new Social Innovation site; and, we continued to make substantial progress toward our Digital Service Efficiency (DSE) goals for the year.
 
Today marks the sixth quarter of results, which show year-over-year comparisons of the full cost, performance and environmental impact of our customer “buy” and “sell” URLs. For Q2 2013, here’s a look at our quarter-over-quarter results, which illustrate that we’re on track to meet, even exceed, our 2013 productivity and efficiency goals:
 
+ Our performance – URLs per kWh – continued to trend in a positive direction as we saw an increase of 12%
+ Our cost per 1,000 URLs decreased by 9%
+ Finally, our carbon per 1,000 URLs showed a net decrease of 2%
 
As we continue to evolve our data center strategy – which will include unveiling our new state-of-the art data center that will be completely powered by Bloom Energy Servers™ at the end of September – our engineers are continuing to see the results of the data center “knobs” they’re turning in real time. Here are a few examples:
 
+ To date, we migrated 48% of our server pools to our standard platform. This allowed us to build and deploy servers into production up to 3.5 times faster than before. Ultimately, it allowed us to have greater efficiencies in enabling newer and more efficient server technology.
+ Our overall PUE continued to improve due to a few factors. First, we continued to pursue radical energy efficiency in our data centers (like our facility in Arizona, which is one of the most efficient in the world). And, second, we implemented more energy efficient projects that helped to increase the utilization of our data centers.
+ In line with the efforts to lower our PUE, we saw a corresponding drop in CUE and WUE. While our carbon per URL and CUE are trending in the right direction, we expect to see further reductions during the remainder of this year once the Bloom fuel cells come online in Utah.
 
Our Q1 results highlighted a sizable decrease in costs year-over-year. This demonstrates our commitment to cost reductions and illustrates that we on target to surpass our 2013 goal of decreasing cost per URL by 10%.
 
We’ve had a great first half and are looking forward to sharing our progress over the next six months.
 
Stay tuned!