Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 67 - Page 48

FEATURE : DATA CENTRES

DATA CENTRE OWNERS NEED TO OPTIMISE PHYSICAL DATA CENTRE SPACE , PARTICULARLY FOR DATA CENTRES THAT WERE BUILT BEFORE SERVER VIRTUALISATION BECAME COMMONPLACE .

being established in similar arid and desert-type environments in other parts of the world .
While there is currently no set of industry standards for building ‘ green ’ data centres , with the global shift towards net zero driving the need for carbon reduction , we expect such standards will become a reality in the data centre industry in future . We have seen the trend play out in other commercial property spaces , where green building has become a requirement for most major developers .
This shift will place more emphasis on the role of architects and consulting engineers to continue to produce alternative and operationally cost-efficient designs that reduce energy consumption , reduce carbon emissions and improve the overall operational efficiencies of new data centre projects .
As an organisation that is globally committed to achieving net zero , WSP fully embraces the opportunity that the digital era holds . We are committed to working with our clients to rethink how data centres are designed , built and operated with sustainability principles at their core . This approach ensures that data centres not only perform well in today ’ s context , but are future-proof by design . p
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