IBM (NYSE:IBM) has introduced new software designed to help customers maximize energy efficiency and reduce costs associated with power and cooling. The software is part of the company's new Project Big Green, for which it has committed $1 billion per year to deliver technologies that help increase energy efficiency in data centers and physical plants.

The upgraded IBM Tivoli Monitoring software consolidates views of energy management information that enable optimization across data centers and facilities infrastructures. Autonomic capabilities allow customers to set power and utilization limits to help control energy usage. The new software can also help customers address space constraints in their data centers.

"Customers today are faced with an array of energy challenges such as increased power and cooling costs, exceeding power capacity, and an inability to monitor and plan for power consumption," Al Zollar, general manager of IBM Tivoli, said in a statement. "IBM's new software offers the tools needed to monitor and manage power usage."