Why Data Centres Are The New Frontiers In Reducing Carbon Emissions & The Fight Against Climate Change.

Why Data Centres Are The New Frontiers In Reducing Carbon Emissions & The Fight Against Climate Change.

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Why Data Centres Are The New Frontiers In Reducing Carbon Emissions & The Fight Against Climate Change.

While most climate change activities are focused on limiting emissions from the automotive, aviation and energy sectors, it’s the communications industry that is on track to generate more carbon emissions than all of the aforementioned sectors.

Reliance on Data Centres is only going to grow as internet penetration rates improve across the world in locations where internet freedom is only just becoming widespread.

As a result, the need for Data Centres is only going to increase as time passes and more people join the internet. This, in addition to the fact that the amount of data that each person creates is expanding exponentially, means that the pressure for Data Centres is actually going to grow.

A recent IDC study claims that by 2025, worldwide data traffic will have grown by 61 percent to 175 zettabytes, with roughly 75 percent of the population having at least one data interaction every 18 seconds. As global internet penetration rates continue to grow and connected technologies enter the mainstream, it’s clear that the number of Data Centres worldwide is going to keep on increasing.

The launch of 5G, the new wave of IoT devices, and a thriving cryptocurrency scene will only compound the problem. As more devices become connected more data will need to be processed than ever before.

Why Data Centres Are Not Environmentally Friendly?

According to studies, around 40 percent of the total energy that Data Centres consume goes to cooling IT equipment.

For a Data Centres to remain functional, they either need to have been built in a countries with a naturally cold climate or to be housed in a temperature-controlled environment that must be maintained round the clock. Google tested this theory by opening a Data Centre in Hamina, Finland in 2009, and in May 2019, announced it would invest a further €600 million in this eco-friendlier venture.

Since 2014, Google’s Data Centres have been using 50 percent less energy than the industry average through the use of highly efficient evaporative cooling solutions, smart temperature and lighting controls and custom built servers which use as little energy as possible. Technology heavyweights such as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook have committed to 100 percent renewable energy use in the coming years too.

However, with countries increasingly passing laws that require citizen data to be stored on servers located domestically, picking colder climates beyond these borders is no longer a viable option. Coolants are often made of hazardous chemicals, and battery backups at Data Centres – needed for when there are power shortages – cause an environmental impact both due to mining for battery components and the disposal of the toxic batteries afterword. Data Centres often also burn diesel fuel to keep up with power demands, and that fuel must be burned periodically when its shelf life expires.

How Data Centres Can Be Planet-Friendly?

Organisations need to lead with an energy-efficient design from the onset, adopt the latest in building technology and influence the overall supply chain for the actual sourcing of materials for these buildings.

By establishing proactive sustainability and efficiency measures at inception, leveraging the latest technology these companies can ensure that the facility can be operated, maintained, repaired and refurbished easily, moving into a more circular use of materials and smarter, cleaner way of consuming energy and water.

Besides removing the need to build temperature-controlled environments to house Data Centres, companies have started to explore using renewable energy such as wind, hydro or solar to power Data Centres and optimising or upgrading technology to improve its efficiency and operating temperature.

Microsoft recently sank a containerised Data Centre in the water off the coast of Scotland. The 40-foot-long Data Centre has 12 racks and 864 servers. The idea is to develop self-sufficient underwater Data Centres that can be deployed quickly to coastal cities. These environmentally sustainable, pre-packaged Data Centre units could be ordered to size and left to operate on the seafloors for years, delivering processing power to nearby population centres.

Google uses seawater from the Gulf of Finland to chill its Hamina servers, and Facebook launched a Data Centre on the edge of the Arctic Circle in Sweden.

US energy company Green Mountain has a Data Centre in the middle of a mountain, cooled by the “cold waters of a Norwegian fjord”.

In perhaps the most extreme example yet, the World Data Archive promises clients their data will be safe from nuclear blasts in a converted mine on an island deep in the Arctic mountains of Norway, which is under permafrost conditions.

Such projects spur investment in renewables, letting energy companies build wind farms knowing they have a long-term customer. Such agreements give the supplier confidence of a market for energy over a period of time, and so make it easier for them to invest in new renewable energy projects.

Artificial intelligence is also being deployed in some Data Centres to reduce power consumption. AI can analyse data output, humidity, temperature, and other important statistics in order to find a way to improve efficiency, drive down costs, and reduce total power consumption. Companies looking to reduce GHG emissions can make a variety of incremental improvements to existing Data Centres. For example, they can reduce the number of servers they use by consolidating underutilised servers and moving to server virtualisation, which allows multiple applications to share the processing power of the underlying hardware. By some estimates, 30 percent of corporate servers are “zombies” that do no useful work but still consume power. And most companies are running their servers at only 10 percent to 15 percent utilisation. Purchasing new energy-efficient servers and other updated Data Centre gear, like power supplies, also helps.

There are also a number of techniques for reducing data storage requirements, such as data compression, deduplication, snapshots, thin provisioning, automated provisioning and tiered storage. When it comes to purchasing new storage equipment, companies will incur an initial expense. But they will save energy and money and reduce their GHG emissions over the life of the equipment by taking advantage of the energy efficiency of lower-speed and solid-state drives.

One approach would be to work with an IT services company like Technimove that has experience optimising on-premises Data Centres, runs its own virtual private clouds, has expertise in helping companies move to the cloud and has GHG assessment tools. Technimove would work closely with the customer to help it make informed decisions on its server setup and overall Data Centre energy usage.

The ultimate goal is to create a closed-loop system where GHG emissions from Data Centres are continually reduced, those reductions are measured annually, and the results are disseminated to shareholders, employees, customers, supply chain partners and the public.

If The IT Industry Can Halve Its Carbon Emissions In Each Of The Next Three Decades, It Can Help The Planet Reach Net Zero By 2050.

Technimove can also help businesses With Data Centre Auditing.

Regardless of the size of audit you require, be it a single server room, a full Data Centre or even a cable audit, our specialist team of auditors will analyse the environment and hardware, including the condition of the facility, reviewing risks and identifying potential security issues as well as any points of failure. All of this key information can be compiled into one detailed report, which will also include professional recommendations for moving forward.

Our Data Centre audit report will highlight any possible weaknesses in Data Centre electrical and mechanical infrastructures, allowing you to avoid costly service outages in the future or any unplanned downtime to your IT services that could affect your own service delivery. By documenting the audit findings in a professional and readable detailed report, you can easily review, communicate recommendations and work towards making improvements to mitigate potential future risks.

When it comes to Data Centre Migration for more than two decades Technimove have led the market, having successfully completed thousands of the world’s most complex and challenging migration projects, ranging from a single server move to an entire Data Centre migration.

We are easy to engage and our solutions are bespoke. Our strong reputation for delivering excellence has resulted in the world’s leading Data Centre providers and a further 5,000 enterprise organisations, utilising our services globally. As a result, we are utilised by clients across all verticals of the private and public sectors and our expertise has been critical in significantly reducing the CapEx and OpEx of major infrastructure for Tier 1 European Enterprises, by leveraging a consistent migration approach on time. In recent cases, Technimove have driven improvement in OpEx expenses by migrating customers, in some cases, within 1 week of contract signature.

With offices located across Europe and the U.S., we are agile in our delivery, to provide dedicated resource to tight timescales across multiple locations. Understanding the importance of mitigating downtime, our migrations are delivered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Holding close strategic relationships with hundreds of major Enterprises undergoing critical, large-scale transformation programmes, our standardised approach is centred on customer experience, flexibility and scalability, utilising a tried and tested 5 stage method.

We are relied upon to deliver our core transformational services by many of the worlds leading I.T. service providers such as IBM, HPe and Fujitsu, delivering significant benefits not only to their organisation but to their partners and clients. Our unique abilities spanning multi-vendor infrastructure has been further enhanced by the thousands of successful transformation projects we have delivered. Our market leading approach ensures accelerated transformation with improved time to benefits realisation. This unique experience and knowledge of complex projects has enabled customers to resume critical business process and applications, without any major interruptions to their business.

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