What’s Next for Data Center Sustainability?

December 16, 2021

Data Centers consumption of resources are enormous and demand for the computing power which they provide is growing at an astonishing rate. Building sustainability into strategies – and budgets – is becoming a fundamental factor in data center operations. For data centers, 2022 could prove to be the greenest year ever but this knowledge talk asks, how they are going to achieve that?

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