In 2018, Chinese data centres produced 99 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) — generating the equivalent environmental footprint of around 21 million cars. With global data traffic more than doubling every four years, it’s no surprise that the environmental impact of data centres is coming under scrutiny. Here, Simone Bruckner, managing director of power resistor manufacturer Cressall Resistors, investigates the efficiency of our data centres.
For years, organizations have been using hot-aisle/cold-aisle configurations to manage airflow in the data center, extend the life of equipment and lower cooling costs. In a hot-aisle/cold-aisle layout, the fronts of the server racks face each other and draw in cold air to cool the equipment. The backs of the servers also face each other, so that hot exhaust air is less likely to be drawn into the front of the equipment and cause overheating. The Department of Energy estimates that this configuration reduces fan use by up to 25 percent.
By Marcus Doran – VP and GM at Rahi Systems, Europe.
Electricity is like air and water - something that we have all come to take for granted.
But there is now clear evidence that we cannot assume our energy sources can be forever guaranteed.
By Mark Guest, Rittal’s Product Manager for IT Power Distribution.
STULZ UK’s Johnathan Attwood warns that environmental regulation is increasing the cost of conventional cooling approaches, widely used by the data centre sector. So how can operators reduce their OPEX and improve their green credentials?
What will the data center look like in 2019 and beyond? That’s one of the most pressing questions facing data center managers as the new year approaches. The IT environment continues to evolve rapidly to support changing business requirements, making it difficult to conceptualize a data center infrastructure that can meet tomorrow’s demands.
By Marcus Doran – VP & GM at Rahi Systems Europe.
Digital transformation continues to be a key priority for executives today that are looking to future-proof their business, and also tap into the capabilities of emerging technologies to positively impact operations. In fact, digital transformation is seen as a key differentiator for organisations, as a recent survey revealed that 85% of organisations experienced significant disruption in their field in the last year, and more than a third of businesses (35%) find digital transformation key to keep up with competitors.
By John Morrison, VP EMEA Sales and Services, Extreme Networks.
It’s no secret that technology is the fundamental driving force in creating scientific discoveries, powering financial innovation, improving healthcare - and developing the latest in product design. We also know that the application of information technology is in no way slowing down.
By Darren Watkins, managing director for VIRTUS Data Centres.
Whether a data centre is onshore or offshore, the universal electrical issue that affects them all is harmonics. Here, John Mitchell, global business development manager of supply, repair and field service specialist CP Automation explains the most effective way to mitigate harmful harmonics in a data centre.
Just as computers generate heat, the data centres that contain the servers that power our emails and data sharing culture also generate a lot of heat. As a result, one of the primary sources of energy use in most data centres is cooling. Finding the right solution is important, not least because of the effect of overheating on performance and potential damage to hardware.
By Lorenzo Giuntini, Head of Engineering at Aruba S.p.A.
Data centre managers and engineers don't generally find ourselves the centre of attention at cocktail parties in the way fighter pilots, mountaineers, or storm chasers do. Nothing draws a crowd like adventure stories, but tales in technology lean more toward supporting roles or humorous interludes, as when an ill-fated weasel brought down the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.By Chris Adams, President & COO, Park Place Technologies.
While many organisations are mindful of the effects they
could have on the environment, the biggest energy drain of any organisation is
the usage of data centres. Many start-ups are claiming responsibility by taking
steps towards reducing their carbon footprints, but to what extent are
businesses taking the time to consider measures they can take to reduce wasted
IT energy? By Leo Craig, General Manage at Riello.
Marc Garner, VP of Schneider Electric's Secure Power Division and Major Pursuits team in the UK and Ireland, covers Electricity 4.0, eConversion technology and the Schneider Electric Research Institute’s work, as part of a wide-ranging data centre sustainability discussion. Marc believes that a new way of thinking, and radical solutions, are the only way to meet Net Zero ambitions.
Interview with Samantha Humphries, Head of Security Strategy EMEA, Exabeam.
Women working in the IT industry share their experiences – covering the opportunities they have had, the challenges they have had to overcome during their careers to date, and offering plenty of constructive thoughts and observations as to what improvements still need to be made when it comes to improving diversity within the workplace.
John Parlee, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Park Place Technologies, discusses the importance of being able to demonstrate to customers, and employees, that your company recognises the importance of IT security, through a combination of standards, Zero Trust and, increasingly, cyber insurance.