Digital Realty has provisioned renewable energy to support its growing data center footprint in Northern Virginia, the latest in a series of moves to secure its competitive position in strategic markets.
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.
Tim Mirick, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Sabey Data Centers, explores Green Grid’s Power Usage Efficiency within the data center industry. Greater facility efficiency and data center PUE are largely tied to colocation TCO.
Peter Panfil, Vice President of Global Power Sales at Vertiv, explores the ins and outs of data center power utilization and ways to avoid excess capacity and cut down on costs while driving up revenue.
Announcements this week by Google, Amazon and Dominion Energy highlight the data center industry’s leadership in building a future in which cloud computing is powered by renewable energy.
Data center providers Switch and Equinix have received a 2019 Green Power Leadership Award from the EPA, along with hyperscale operators Google and Microsoft and chipmaker Intel.
Google’s Joe Kava receives the Infrastructure Masons 2019 Sustainability Champion award, vowing that Google will become even greener, and challenging the entire data center industry to join the effort.
Microsoft says its new data centers in Sweden will be its most advanced and sustainable to date by integrating renewable energy sources, and a new data center design.
Cloud computing’s focus on software-based application resiliency is prompting new conversations about infrastructure redundancy in the data center industry, as seen at Data Center World 2019.
Dominion Energy will add six new solar power facilities to provide 350 MW of renewable energy for Facebook data centers. The new supply helps address the concerns raised by Greenpeace about the pace of Dominion’s renewable energy program.
A new white paper from Digital Realty implores businesses to take a look at how small details of how their enterprise operates can “ultimately impact a customer relationship.” The new report outlines how growing markets are impacting data center strategies, and ultimately, how the customer is at he heart of the data center evolution.