Power use growth has been offset through energy efficiency gained by the dramatic shift of compute workloads from legacy data centers to newer, significantly more efficient, enterprise-class colocation campuses and hyperscale cloud data centers. Ben Garrard, Vice President of Product Management at CoreSite, takes a deep dive into the changing landscape of power supply in today’s data centers.
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.
It is impossible to discuss monitoring power quality without mentioning Data Center Infrastructure Monitoring (DCIM), as well as power monitoring and management systems. The final entry in a special report series highlights the importance of data center infrastructure monitoring to ensuring power quality in today’s colocation facilities.
Our special report series continues with a look at different elements of power quality management (PQM) for today’s data centers, including ground leakage currents, energy efficiency, the evolution of UPS systems, PDU transformers and more.
Recently, just as the cost of other digital devices have come down while becoming more powerful; PQM has also become more sophisticated and intelligent. The result, now PQM is far more cost effective and justifiable, even for smaller data centers. This post continues a new special report series and highlights the ins and outs of power quality management (PQM) for today’s data centers and the influence of power quality on data performance and integrity.
As the data center industry continues to grow, QTS notes that “the data center industry has an escalating responsibility to implement forward-looking initiatives that conserve energy and water, and minimize waste.” A new report from QTS explores how to explore how sustainble data centers and the colocation industry can more us toward a greener future.
Timothy Miscovich, Chief Commercial Officer at WTEC, walks readers through a series of strategies for effective data center management as distributed computing continues to make an impact.
Data center power quality has implications throughout the mission-critical power chain, and can impact the operation of the IT equipment. In this special report series, Data Center Frontier and Powerside examine the key factors in data center power quality.
Tim Mirick, Chief Revenue Officer at Sabey Data Centers highlights how Washington’s hydropower and energy efficiency efforts create the perfect environment for data center sustainability.
Damien Gaynor, Chief Marketing Officer at Echelon Data Centres Limited, explores the future of data center sustainability and what it will take to reach efficiency goals.
Jared Bosanko, Director of Sales U.S. at Anord Mardix, explores how new types of multi-circuit monitoring systems (MCMS) are incorporating advanced data capabilities that can help maintain and prevent problems with critical power infrastructure. Use waveform capture to improve power quality management.