Written by Rishi Das
|Thursday, 16 August 2012|
Green Data Centers
BENEFITS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: The typical emissions profile for a large corporation such as Facebook can amount to 628.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide. Furthermore, the current 80 metric ton carbon dioxide emissions level from data centers are due to go up to 340 metric tons by the year 2020.4 Data center power usage of Facebook alone was 532 million kilowatt hours, with Google taking a grand prize of 2.26 million megawatt hours from its data centers alone.5 By implementing steps to prevent outrageous power loads and perhaps by including a greater proportion of renewable energy in a corporation’s energy portfolio, the reduction in our carbon footprint would prevent the deleterious effects of climate change as well as establish a precedent for sustainable data center management.
BENEFITS FOR YOUR WALLET: Using less energy for your data centers will inevitably save you money on electricity bills. In the year 2000, data centers used an estimated 12 billion kilowatt hours of electrical power, which then increased to 23 billion in the year 2005.6 Today, growth in the industry has increased these figures significantly, and further highlights the need for power savings and associated cost cutting.
Time and Effort: Medium - High. Establishing green data center policy requires cooperation from many levels of management as well as training for employees. Not only is there a need to set proper power reduction targets and establish good monitoring policy, but a need for employees to learn and gain incentive from a greener data center culture.
Cost: Although there may be an initial cost for more efficient equipment and restructuring, there is a much greater overall benefit. This should save you money over the long term!
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