Green Data Center – Only the Beginning
In the past decade, the data center has become greener. According to experts, these changes are only the beginning of a major transition.
Without a doubt, the data center has become much more Eco-friendly over the past decade. This change has occurred largely occurred due to virtualization and the scrutiny of power consumption habits in order to save resources. While it is indisputable that the data center has become much greener over time, the question now is whether we can expect to see even bigger chances in the future.
Based on the data, it appears that the future of green IT has only begun. WinterGreen Research found that the green enterprise solutions market is worth almost $70 billion. From 2009 to now, the value of this market has more than doubled. Contrary to popular belief, it is actually the improvements to more conventional platforms, such as mainframe, that are driving these improvements.
There are also still many improvements to be made when it comes to making the data center more energy efficient. According to a study conducted by Future Resource Engineering, a few dozen of the top data sites in the entire world could reduce their collective energy use by 24 million kWh. This collective reduction would translate to more than $3 million in savings. Due to the commitment to all-renewable sources that many cloud providers have exhibited, it would not be far-fetched to expect data centers to support more sustainable energy policies in the near future.
While it is expected that the industry will become far more efficient, it is important to realize that its overall consumption will still rise nevertheless due to an increase in demand. In the future, data centers will likely draw substantial amounts of power from the local grid. Fortunately, in order to deal with this increase in demand, advanced software will be developed in the future to handle the power capabilities, the data load, and the available resources.
In 2016, advancements toward a truly green data center will continue to be made. As of now, the term “green” doesn’t necessarily refer to a lower power bill. However, over time, the success in becoming green will be measured by the amount of money paid to the power company.