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Solar Power One of Many Innovative Approaches to eBay’s Data Center

eBay, the company once known for breaking the mold in ecommerce, appears to be straying from the norm when it comes to its data center practices.

In a recent interview with Computerworld, eBay’s global data center services manager, Tom Price, explained that the company’s new solar power policy is impacting its data center resources.

The company has installed solar power technology on its Denver data center, covering 18,000 of the facility’s 21,000 square feet. With the need for data center space rising as its business continues to grow on a global level, eBay is making an effort to leverage every option that can reduce its carbon footprint and, ultimately, costs.

“The company has a willingness to explore new or renewable energy options. The goal is to offset some of the carbon used by the data centers,” the report said. “The company has installed a 625 kW solar array on its Silicon Valley campus. It is exploring other options at additional facilities, including wind power.”

As additional servers continue to fill server racks, such as 1u wall racks, organizations across the globe are seeking new ways to approach data center management. This trend may develop further, as total data center space needed is expected to grow 15 percent during the next two years, according to Frost & Sullivan.