Smart Automation and the Sustainable Datacentre

May 27, 2021 | 00.00 GMT
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Technologies such as 5G and the Internet of Things are pushing data centre designs to new levels of complexity. IT loads will become far more dispersed and fluid, and the facilities that power them will have to be much more adaptable. Old efficiency metrics like power utilisation effectiveness (PUE) will have little meaning in a world where IT load can transition from zero to 100 per cent and back to 0 per cent over the course of a day to accommodate such things as telemetry data from self-driving cars during rush-hour. To be truly efficient, the facility itself must be self-driving and predictive so it can deliver energy and cooling to handle such transient loads. Only through data centre automation can truly intelligent data centres that are sophisticated enough for these, and other, as yet unthought of, tasks be realised.