Green data centres have been increasing in the past few years as companies become more aware of being environmentally friendly. Though the carbon neutral data centre is not yet possible, a greener and more energy efficient data centre is being used by companies due to their associated benefits. These are not only environmental, but financial as well.
Many companies are now choosing to use green data centres due to their evolving needs. The data requirements of businesses are constantly rising, and this looks set to continue. Outsourcing to green data centres is often a price conscious alternative to in-house systems. Off-site data centres look set to proliferate, as businesses look to decrease their costs. Green data centres help environmentally minded companies reduce the risk of huge power usage by data systems.
It’s difficult to determine how green a data centre is. The fluctuation of the demands placed on different server components significantly alters the energy efficiency of any machine. This affects the power supply, the processor and even the memory. Therefore, all aspects of data centres require some degree of cooling, meaning they have an inherently high data footprint, and to go with this, a high fuel cost to run.
Green data systems feature more efficient storage and improved power facilities, with servers using multi-core processors and virtualisation. In the past, IT systems have had a free rein when it comes to power usage, but the potentially unlimited rise in power consumption means this needs to be controlled – if only to limit the cost to businesses.
Green data centres can store data more effectively with the power that’s available. Given that all modern companies run on a constant stream of data, there is never any let up in the demand for extra capacity. Such sustained growth in data centre size means that means of squeezing extra storage from the same amount of power can pay dividends. This is one of the key advantages of using a secure green data centre. They reduce both costs and greenhouse emissions, making a company more environmentally friendly – and boosting their bottom line.
A data centre that’s designed for energy efficiency will naturally cost less to run due to its decreased power usage. Large data centres can use an exponentially increasing amount of energy, which equally takes more energy to keep the machines cool. Keeping components at a stable temperature is highly important to ensure reliable running and long life span. Reducing the power used by the machines and the amount of cooling they will need therefore an impact positively on fuel bills and repair costs. In the long term, green data centres offer good return on investment benefits meaning there are tangible gains for any company who employs them.
Thankfully, more and more components are being produced with energy efficiency in mind. PCs, screens and power supplies across the board have had the ‘green treatment’. More networking products are being designed specifically to reduce wastage and power use. In order to take advantage of this, there needs to be more visibility about the power that systems consume. However, when the separate components are all maximising energy efficiency, companies can experience significant energy and cost saving effects.
Improved data centre efficiency can aid the strategy of a company, freeing up money which can be used for growth and high priority projects. The added bonus includes the improved public profile of any company who can claim to have a green IT system. The value of lowering a corporate carbon footprint has both environmental and financial benefits, and can improve a company’s outward image.