The data center supply chain has held up well thus far during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our data center Executive Roundtable discusses the long-term implications of the pandemic for the supply chain and deployment timetables for capacity.
Insights: Data Center Energy
Electricity is the lifeblood of every data center. At Data Center Frontier, we're exploring new frontiers in data center energy as we see data centers in new places. Some of these new facilities will seek new sources of energy, especially renewable technologies such as wind and solar, as well as landfills and other sources of biogas. Other technologies, such as Bloom Energy fuel cells, may prompt consolidated approaches to power architecture.
We're interested in how modular data centers and other design innovations allow new methods of deploying Internet infrastructure, creating opportunities to make use of solar arrays, wind turbines, fuel cells, combined heat & power (CHP), microgrids, and the recycling of server exhaust heat to warm buildings through district heating.
Marc Bowman, Multi-Circuit Metering Systems (MCMS) Product General Manager for Anord Mardix, delves into the factors that distinguishes MCM systems. An advanced MCMS approach makes use of the capabilities already built in to MCMS meters and then overlays sophisticated software and analytics on top to provide a robust view of the entire electrical landscape of a data center.
There’s more to microgrids than you might think. If you’ve never looked at microgrids as a real option for your data center, enterprise, or specific use-case, it might be an excellent moment to explore these solutions.
Andrew Schaap, CEO at Aligned explores how adaptive, intelligent and sustainable infrastructure will be able to meet future data demands. This includes build-to-suit data center approaches.
Ultimately, making good choices surrounding energy sourcing can help save money, reduce risks, and contribute to solutions to today’s environmental and social responsibility challenges. A new white paper from Iron Mountain explores further how to turn a potential sustainability liability into an opportunity for your organization, and what questions to make sure to ask your data center provider.
Digital Realty will work with The Science-Based Targets Initiative to ensure that its sustainability program adapts to the full scope and urgency of the global climate challenge. The company operates 267 data centers around the globe.
The data center industry is accelerating its embrace of sustainability, as enterprise customers push for more renewable energy. The top 4 hyperscale operators procured 3.76 gigawatts of renewable energy in 2019.
Google is shifting large computing jobs to times where they can be powered with renewable energy, creating a “carbon intelligent” platform that enables data centers to use more solar and wind energy to power servers.
Andy Banks, Director of Databar Sales (North America) for Anord Mardix, explores in detail how the Busway can efficiently and effectively distribute power throughout a data center environment. By designing safety directly into the components being installed on live busway, operators can minimize risks associated with busway installation and maintenance and prevent electrical accidents.
Data centers are still hiring, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as demand surges for online business tools and the value they provide. Top opportunities this month include positions in New York City, Seattle and Ashburn.