In response to growing concerns about climate change and data center water usage, Facebook says it intends to be water positive by 2030, meaning it will return more water to the environment than it consumes in its global operations.
Facebook announced a series of major investments in water conservation as it confirmed plans for an $800 million data center campus in Mesa, Arizona. The project had brought national attention to the data center industry’s stewardship of scarce water resources in drought-stricken areas.
Extreme heat and drought in the Western US is bringing sharper scrutiny of data center water use, and testing assumptions about climate in some data center destinations. The heightened awareness of water constraints is raising the bar for data center developers.
The data center industry is getting greener, and moving beyond renewable power to embrace technologies to conserve water, build more efficiently and use batteries with less environmental impact. For Earth Day 2021, DCF shares recent coverage of these initiatives.
Microsoft continues to expand its global data center infrastructure, buying land to add massive amounts of server capacity in key North American cloud hubs in Iowa, Northern Virginia and Phoenix.
Nautilus Data Technologies has lined up $100 million in funding to complete a 6-megawatt floating data center in Stockton, Calif. , which it says will be cheaper and more efficient than traditional land-based facilities.
Nautilus Data Technologies says it has developed a floating data center that can dramatically slash the cost of cooling servers. Is the market ready for the data barge?