Datacenters are not exactly friends of the environment.
Power, cooling, hardware transportation and logistics — the sheer amount of resources necessary to keep the lights on and the servers cooled is staggering. And while the datacenter industry as a whole has been at the forefront of embracing renewable resources, there’s still room for improvement.
A lot of room.
One important way the industry can ease its footprint on the planet is by making data infrastructure more adaptive to and intelligent in how they consume energy. Here’s what Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy, had to say on the topic:
“An adaptive datacenter is focused on helping companies achieve greater business value with less costly energy, water usage, and infrastructure resources, especially in high density, high performance computing environments.” — Andrew Schaap
The right candidates for adaptive datacenters
According to Schapp, hyperscalers and cloud and software as a service (SaaS) providers are top candidates for adaptive datacenters. That’s because the amount of data they have to work with often scales so quickly that it can take up valuable energy and resources.
Why adaptive datacenters?
As an end-to-end technology solutions provider, we’ve delivered infrastructure to datacenters all over the globe. Because of this, we’re always looking for new technologies that drive efficiencies and find innovative new ways to better utilize precious resources.
These types of datacenters are a promising trend, since renewable resources typically provide energy at a much lower cost to the datacenter while at the same time limiting the stress on the energy serving cities.
The amount of data the world creates is only going to grow, however, which is why the datacenter industry as a whole needs to focus on keeping operational costs low for both datacenters and the population.
It’s also important for every business that relies on an ever-growing amount of data to take stock of what data they have, whether it’s necessary to store, and if they’re storing valuable data efficiently. This is where a service such as our advanced data and analytics practice can help.
The key to adaptive datacenters is in the cooling
Schaff explains that one of the most critical elements to this sort of datacenter lies in the cooling of it. After all, that’s where a large amount of energy is derived from.
When considering the cooling technology of your datacenter, look for tech that remains energy efficient, no matter what kind of workload, climate, or location you are dealing with.
To learn more about storing and using data more efficiently, download our free whitepaper, Taking the Leap with On-Premises or Co-Location Datacenters.
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