The EU recently stated in the EU Green Deal that data centres can and should be carbon neutral by 2030 and raised the prospect of forcing this through via regulatory change. Data centres have already made great strides to improve their energy efficiency, but there is much more to be done. Key to these recent gains have been strategies such as running data centres at higher temperatures, using virtualisation to cut down on the number of underutilised servers, improving efficiency of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), and the use of frequency drives as opposed to dampers to control fan loads. Other factors have also contributed to keeping data centre power demand in check, for instance, servers, storage devices and infrastructures have become steadily more efficient. This talk reveals the tactical actions that can improve energy efficiency for data centres and the sector moves towards that carbon-neutral future.
Energy efficiency’s role in the sustainable future data centre
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