Green data center practices are on the docket for many data center managers even in 2007. The experts at consulting and engineering firm Syska Hennessy Group recognized this trend and have formed a Green Critical Facilities Committee, sending many of its members to be trained under the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
The USGBC’s LEED program is a voluntary rating system designed to encourage companies to build environmentally sustainable, high-performance buildings.
Similarly, data storage is big business in today’s world. In fact, there’s a good chance all your photos, videos, documents and files are stored somewhere in the cloud.
Moreover, setting up automated backups and syncing across all our devices is so effortless that we forget where this information really lives: huge data centers spread around the world. And these data centers consume a lot of energy.
So how do some of the biggest energy consumers lower their carbon footprint? That’s easy: through renewable energy sources and other innovative means to keep those servers cool. These are how today’s data centers are preparing for tomorrow’s world of energy.
While one mega data center may have a large carbon footprint, its use of technology and systems pales in comparison to all the servers used by small businesses across the country. As you might imagine, small-to-medium-sized companies don’t have access to the same energy-efficient technology that major corporations employ — and those on-site server rooms take up a lot of space and plenty of energy needs.
Of course, the cloud isn’t just for smartphones and PC and laptop backups. Small businesses are opting out of using local storage and instead are adopting enterprise-level cloud-based services like those sold by Mozy. Removing server rooms from small-to-medium-sized companies and instead turning to cloud-based technology. It therefore allows data to be accessed anywhere and at anytime.
Dell’s Liquid Cooling
Anyone who has ever assembled their own PC knows there are two ways to cool a CPU — by using a heatsink and fan, or a liquid pump and radiator. The latter means is more expensive upfront, but reduces heat much easier and faster. Likewise, data centers produce a lot of heat, which takes even more energy to cool.