Data Center Industry Begins to Develop Energy Saving Solutions
The cost of maintaining a data center is high, so outsourcing has become the standard in the business world. And when budgeting for the use of a data center, one of the major expenditures is energy costs. As a rule, most data center operations will do a forecast of the energy costs on the length of the contract. The problem with this is that energy costs can fluctuate erratically in just a few years time. According to a recent study by the Gartner Group, a business could be paying upwards to 50 to 60 percent more than the actual energy costs over the span of a contract. These data center companies could go with a lower estimate, but it does not benefit them to do so. The good news is, several new players in the data center industry are beginning to emerge that will hopefully lead to a significant drop in overhead.
One of these companies is a startup called Aligned Data Centers. They recently opened up a fairly large 300,000 square foot facility in Plano, TX, and plan on opening other facilities throughout the country. A facility this size can use up to 50 million gallons per year of water, which is the equivalent of 450,000 households. Aligned believes they can cut this up to 85% using a new system designed by one of their sister companies called Intertech.
According to the CMO of the company, they will also use a different type of cooling technique that should save users of their services up to 70% in up front costs. “Conductive cooling”, as it is known, uses heat sinks to move heat off of the server racks and transports it away through a thermal bus.
Data collocation is a 25 billion dollar per year industry. With this kind of money, innovation is the key to becoming a global leader. Besides Aligned, several other companies are using different techniques to bring costs down and to gain a bigger foothold in the market. For instance, Stratoscale in Israel has created an integrated software-defined data center solution, the first of its kind, called Symphony. Another company, Coriant, has created a platform called Coriant Groove DCI that promises to work at 70% less power consumption than other setups.