Intelligent Data Centres Issue 32 - Page 21

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How to run increased data centre workloads while delivering significant carbon savings

With organisations in the data centre sector expected to deliver on net zero carbon , they must make best use of the tools available to them to unlock significant data centre carbon reduction that the wider business requires . Dean Boyle , CEO ,
EkkoSense , draws upon some of the ways data centre managers can make smarter performance choices .

Today ’ s data centres have never been busier , with analyst projections suggesting that workload levels are only going to increase over the next few years – with some projecting a 21 % CAGR growth rate through to 2025 .

Organisations are working hard to transform operations and accelerate their processes so that they can execute digitally at scale . And , whether it ’ s online retail , e-banking , mobile services delivered by 5G or new digital media , there ’ s an associated IT workload that ’ s driving further demand for data centre services .
Data centres are also coming under increased pressure to reduce their energy consumption – particularly as the reality of corporate net zero commitments start to bite . With both public sector bodies and private companies making dramatic net zero carbon commitments , there ’ s going to be sustained pressure on the high energy users within organisations to start making serious carbon reductions .
This places data centres – already established as one of the world ’ s highest collective consumers of energy – firmly in the spotlight . With the upcoming COP26 UN Climate Change Conference being held in Glasgow this November , there ’ s going to be an increased focus on securing global net zero and the requirement to reduce data centre carbon emissions will become more intense . That ’ s why it ’ s important that data centre IT operations teams are seen to be doing everything they can to deliver quick carbon reduction wins .
It ’ s perhaps not surprising that many data centre teams find this challenge daunting , particularly as increasing workloads while securing carbon reductions can seem like conflicting goals . The good news is that this can be achieved . Earlier this year , EkkoSense conducted research that analysed the actual cooling performance within live data centres for many of the world ’ s leading brands . We assessed cooling performance across a sample of some 133 data centre halls and tracked some 33,000 IT racks .
The results found that the current average data centre cooling utilisation level is only around 40 % – meaning that most organisations are not even using over half their cooling capacity . Our analysis also showed that operations are missing out on proven ways of cutting cooling energy consumption by up to 30 % using the latest software-based optimisation approaches .
Organisations clearly want to deliver on carbon obligations , but that can be www . intelligentdatacentres . com
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