Microsoft will begin using lower-carbon renewable fuel for data center generators at its cloud region in Sweden, advancing Microsoft’s goal of ending its reliance on diesel fuel by the year 2030.
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.
The cloud is not only a catalyst. Because it’s a great option for most applications, it has become a competitive benchmark. Enterprise IT leaders must be good stewards of their company’s resources by deploying and managing infrastructure in facilities that meet the same benchmarks as the cloud service providers do. Insights from Chris Bair of Stream Data Centers.
There are promising initiatives underway to create a sustainable blockchain sector. Here’s an overview of these initiatives, which include renewable power, energy-efficient protocols, carbon offsets, demand response and greener mining pools.
Bitcoin isn’t the first technology to come under fire about its energy use. A decade after facing similar critiques, the data center industry has become a key player in renewable energy and sustainability. We look at cloud computing’s energy journey, and the lessons – and potential roadmap – it provides for the Bitcoin sector.
Google is moving IT workloads between its data centers to boost its use of renewable energy, shifting the data processing for YouTube videos to locations where green power is plentiful. This approach creates powerful new opportunities to build climate-aware cloud applications.
Google will soon begin using geothermal energy to power its data centers in Nevada with carbon-free energy, teaming with energy startup Fervo to use fiber optic sensors to tap the earth’s own heat to power Google Cloud servers.
Phoenix’s data center friendly business environment has made it a destination for providers from other markets – particularly California – who are seeking to place data center assets in a location with low disaster risk, either for primary or backup data centers. A DCF special report looks at what lies ahead for this important market.
Gallium nitride (GaN) is being used in a growing number of power devices in consumer products. GaN specialist are hoping the technology can play a larger role in data center power infrastructure.
India is a land of opportunity for global data center providers, but it has its own unique challenges. In this edition of Voices of the Industry, Michael Goh, Senior Director and General Manager of Iron Mountain’s Data Centers for APAC, discusses the state of the data center market in India.
Networking and software issues are emerging as two of the more common causes of data center outages, while power problems are becoming somewhat less of an issue, according to new data from Uptime Institute.