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.
Organizations are currently adopting a number of new thermal management strategies and technologies to remove heat from the data center while achieving capital and operational savings. One of the most effective strategies is optimizing existing thermal management systems with intelligent controls that span both the unit and system levels to enable greater availability, efficiency and decision-making.
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.
Columbus, Ohio [June 10, 2015] – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications technology systems, today introduced new Liebert® iCOM™ thermal controls to offer data center managers higher energy efficiency, greater protection and deeper, actionable insight at the cooling unit and thermal management system levels.
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.
There are few better ways to get an idea of how a data center will behave when something is changed in the environment before actually applying the change than having a sophisticated, accurate virtual model of the facility.
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.
Hyper-scale data center operators like Google, Amazon Web Services, and Apple have been very public about their renewable energy usage and commitments. It’s good for the environment and it makes people look upon them favorably. However, these operators contribute only a small fraction (think around 5 percent) of overall data center energy usage. The multitenant market is driving data center growth, but what is their role in terms of renewable energy?