Energy Efficiency Challenges for Data Centre Operators

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Posted by SPIE UK

The Internet of Things 5G, ‘Industry 4.0’… As demand for data continues to catapult, RAHIEL NASIR wonders if energy efficiency obsticles for data centre operators are set to diminish, especially as we move into the hyperscale era.

The impact of data centres on the environment has been well documented over the years, but, now in 2019, are they actually getting ‘greener’?

“We’re seeing an increasing divide between large hyperscale centres supporting the most recent cloud based technologies, and much smaller Edge locations where the picture is much less clear,” says Dr. Stu Redshaw, CTO at data centre energy optimisation specialist EkkoSense. “It’s fair to state that, given the massive volume of IT loads being processed, the bigger centres have a reduced impact on the environment than their predecessors.”

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