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The key idea behind this work is the development of smart data centers able to monitor, control, and manage themselves through advanced analytics and management policies, collecting and analyzing real time data on their behavior. They also make adjustments to interdependent components across the physical infrastructure, in order to address changing business and technology needs. To this aim, we have designed and implemented a new framework for supporting green computing in the management of Cloud data centers. Through heterogeneous sensing devices deployed in the system, the framework is able to know the working state of the data center and to activate specific energy saving policies. We have evaluated the proposed solution through experiments on a real testbed implemented at the University of Messina. Experiments show interesting results thus proving real benefits deriving from the adoption of the proposed framework.