Summer is not all fun. In the data center, IT and facilities teams are happy to see an end to summer and the extra strain it puts on the air handlers and cooling systems. Finance teams similarly celebrate an end to the higher utility bills.
In most industries today, technology is seen as a driver of human potential, making businesses and their employees smarter, faster, and more effective. This means constantly adapting to new tech, which is introduced and implemented at increasingly breakneck speeds.
The tech sector’s investment in renewables is on the rise, growing faster than any other sector’s, and some of the biggest investments are in connection with massive data center projects. Just this month, Facebook announced a 200 MW wind-power contract for its upcoming Texas data center, and Amazon said it had invested in a wind farm of similar capacity in North Carolina to address the energy use of its expansive data center cluster in Virginia.
Cormant has delivered infrastructure management solutions for more than 11 years from its global headquarters in San Luis Obispo, CA. The company also has offices or subsidiaries in the UK, Philippines and Australia, as well as partners all over the world.
A new data center in the United States is generating electricity for its servers entirely from renewable sources, converting biogas from a sewage treatment plant into electricity and water. Siemens implemented the pilot project, which recently went into operation, together with Microsoft and FuelCell Energy. The data center is not connected to the public power grid. Siemens developed and installed intelligent control and monitoring technology for the plant as well as energy management software so that the servers can be reliably supplied with electricity at all times. The partners intend to demonstrate that using intelligent hardware and software, even critical installations such as data centers can be reliably operated with alternative energy sources.
An ASHRAE study has concluded that data centers can reduce their environmental impact by relaxing their control over humidity. Guidelines published this year will recommend a bigger range of safe humidity levels, as well as letting data centers warm up.
IT equipment is more robust than most users realize, and the influential industry body ASHRAE has argued that data center operators can reduce the energy wasted in cooling data centers more than necessary. This year the body plans to do a similar job for humidity.
It is probably safe to say that most data center managers are dealing with the challenge of increasing data growth and limited IT resources and budgets. With “save everything forever” strategies becoming more prevalent for many organizations, the strain on IT resources will only get worse over time.
Five years ago, large organizations were just starting to become aware of the green agenda. Recycling and cutting their carbon footprint could improve their image, they realized. They gave the responsibility to their corporate social responsibility (CSR) officers and prepared to invest.
New commercial lighting solutions and space-based design provide tools to easily build energy efficient buildings.
“We’re changing the lighting control design concept. For far too long the strategy has been to design a system for the entire building and then look at the needs of the individual rooms within the building; our new philosophy is to design a solution for each space first, then connect every space in the building together through a centralized, integrated lighting control solution,” said Brian Daley, Crestron VP of Sales, Commercial Lighting. Crestron is the only controls manufacturer that has the unique capability to do this. And every product we produce works together seamlessly.”