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May 2017

Focus: Green datacentre

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Industry estimates suggest the datacentre sector is responsible for consuming anywhere between three and five percent of the world’s global energy, putting it on a similar footing – from a power usage perspective – with the aviation market. As the demand for online services and cloud-based infrastructure and applications continues to grow, the number of datacentres needed to host them will rise accordingly, along with the amount of energy needed to keep them going. The datacentre sector’s growing energy usage has not gone unnoticed by regulators and environmental lobbyists, prompting operators to rethink how they build, power and manage their facilities with a keen focus on sustainability. This has prompted some organisations to embrace cutting edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence (to address areas that contribute towards increased energy use) or experiment with building facilities underwater, for example. In this e-guide, we take a closer look at how the datacentre sector is taking steps to boost its environmental friendliness, and why.

Table Of Contents

  • Using AI to cut humans out of the datacentre sustainability equation
  • Stockholm offers sustainable datacentre safe haven to hyperscale cloud firms
  • Microsoft’s underwater datacentre: The pros and cons of running subsea facilities
  • Looking beyond PUE to assess the true environmental impacts of datacentre growth
  • Backup datacentre power: Using diesel generators to plug the UK's energy supply gaps
  • Energy-efficient Europe: How the datacentre sector is keeping it clean