Posted On: March 07, 2019
Topic: Data Centers
The explosion of data and digital consumption in the last decade has dramatically increased the number of data centers, which have been described as the factories of the digital age. And just like traditional factories in their early days, data centers take their toll on the environment.
Environmental organizations and the media have been raising awareness of the problem. As a result, major industry players are taking steps toward better sustainability. Their customers —organizations like yours — need to become part of the solution. As you continue to rely more on data, you need to consider the sustainability of your data centers.
Environmental Impacts of Data Centers
Based on current trend estimates, U.S. data centers are projected to consume approximately 73 billion kWh in 2020.
But while many data centers are becoming more energy efficient by switching to clean and renewable energy to lower their carbon footprint, they still take huge amounts of water to run.
The Business Case for Data Center Sustainability
A sustainable data center is not just good for the planet. Businesses receive benefits as well, including:
Sustainable Data Center Practices
PUE, or power usage effectiveness, has been a focus metric in the industry for many years. Many companies see third-party certification such as LEED or ENERGY STAR as a starting point to help them implement green practices at their facilities.
But sustainability is not an all-or-nothing proposition, and there are a number of steps that can lead to a long-term goal of sustainability. These steps may include:
OneNeck is committed to operating efficiently and seeking innovative ways to reduce our environmental footprint. Sustainability is one of our key objectives when meeting the needs of our customers.
Our data center in Bend, Oregon; for example, has LEED Gold and ENERGY STAR certifications. We strive for all of our data centers to run as efficiently as possible and we’re continuously seeking new ways to reduce our environmental impact.
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